Earlier this year, we joined the Clippers in engaging kids in STEM at the Clippers SciFest (https://www.nba.com/clippers/scifest). We helped kids build the Clippers Logo out of LEGO and introduce kids to engineering concepts using LEGO.
Our families have always asked us what goes into creating our Play-Well Curriculum, so we decided to answer it in this video.
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We hope you are having an amazing start to 2020! Many studies have shown that there are many benefits to bringing your kids to work. Luckily, there is a day specifically devoted to this called Take Your Kids To Work Day.
Last year, we were lucky enough to bring LEGO-Inspired Play to Take Your Kids To Work Days around the country for companies such as Facebook, Google, Hershey’s Chocolate Company, Salesforce, Adobe, StubHub, Workday, and many more. We would love to bring our LEGO-Inspired Play to your company’s event this year. Click here for more details.
On June 27th, our Play-Well team in Missouri celebrated National Bomb Pop Day! The bomb pop was created in Kansas City, MO in 1955 by James S. Merritt and D.S. Abernethy.
The Pavilion at Lemay gave out over 600 bomb pops during this years event! The KC team was there to eat some of those tasty treats while showing off their own gigantic LEGO bomb pop creation.
We LOVE to bring our Play-Well In-School LEGO-Inspired STEM Field Trips right into your classroom for an engaging, educational experience without having to leave the school building!
We will work together to plan an exciting field trip that reinforces state standards and covers specific STEM terminology. Our field trips are typically 60 to 90 minutes long and we would love to bring our LEGO-Inspired STEM workshops to your classroom!
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At the 2019 NVIDIA GTC Deeper Learning & AI, we helped attendees build a 10 Ft. x 15 Ft. NVIDIA GTC Logo out of 28,300 LEGO® Pieces.
Our Curriculum Designer, Ben Pfister, breaks down the engineering behind the LEGO Technic Racing Yacht and creating his own version of a LEGO Sailboat.
Our curriculum designer, Ben and his student, Lucas, look at the engineering behind the Star Wars Imperial Assault Carrier.
If you have a LEGO set you’d like us to break down the engineering on, let us know. Simply comment below or email Ben@play-well.org.
Guest Blog Post from Sara Schairer of CompassionIt.
Originally posted here: https://compassionit.com/2018/06/06/what-happens-when-compassion-meets-competition/
I teamed up with Gary Ware of Breakthrough Play and Jeff Harry of Play-Well TEKnologies for Global School Playday on February 7, 2018. We led a compassion- and play-focused experiment for High Tech High School 10th graders, because we were curious about the question,
What happens when compassion meets competition?
We each led students through 45-minute workshops. I focused on cultivating compassion, and during Gary’s workshop, students used improv and play to practice empathy, listening, and team-building.
Jeff led the final workshop. He loaded 10 tables with Legos, and he labeled each table as a different country. Some of the tables represented low-income nations, and some represented high-income nations.
The students formed teams and picked their tables. Jeff gave them written instructions, and he told them to “produce as much food as you can.” The students built conveyor belts out of Legos and then created “food” out of Lego bricks. When the food reached the end of the conveyor belts, students would collect it and stack it on their nations in the middle of the room.
What the students didn’t know is that the low-income countries weren’t given enough resources to complete the task. Some of them were missing parts to their conveyor belts, and others didn’t have enough bricks to create food.
The wealthier nations, however, had more than enough Legos.
The high-income nations like the United States and Canada began producing large amounts of food right off the bat. At the same time, the developing nations clearly struggled. For example, the Dominican Republic students were left to fend for themselves despite asking for help from other nations. The students eventually gave up and sat back feeling frustrated and dejected.
When time was up, we took time to debrief with the students. Jeff asked, “What was the assignment I gave you?”
The students replied, “To produce as much food as we could for our nation.”
Jeff shook his head and said, “No. I asked you to produce as much food as you could. I didn’t say it was for your country. Do you think you produced as much as you could since several countries didn’t produce any food?”
The students looked sheepish as they realized they had incorrectly assumed this was a competition. I asked the United States team if they shared Legos with any other nations.
“No,” one student replied.
His group had received several requests for help, so I inquired, “Why not?”
“Because we’re ‘merica,” he said.
Each student wore a wristband with the words “Compassion It” on it. Despite the visual reminder and two workshops that primed them in compassion, most students ignored requests for help.
I’m happy to report that we did find some outliers. A few students went out of their way to deliver Legos to those who needed them.
What’s my takeaway from this? When we’re involved in a perceived competition, we seem to ignore the needs of others. Compassion takes a back seat when we want to win.
Our society makes competition a part of everyday life, from athletics to our careers. We prioritize a winning mindset over a compassionate mindset, and that’s what we pass down to our children.
So what can we do about it? We can start by including sportsmanship and compassion when we compete.
We should also teach our youth that life is not a zero-sum game. When we help each other, everyone wins.
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