At the LA Auto Show, we collaborated with the LEGO Group to introduce girls to how motors work and build workable, rack & pinion steering cars out of LEGO. Our amazing staff that all have a background in automation, either as former Tesla staffer, former mechanic, or car drifter, all brought a unique perspective to the workshop. We taught girls from DIY Girls, Motorgoddess, and LA Makerspace during the 3-day event.
WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Rachel Swaby asks her readers, in a recent Wire magazine article called “We Need To Stop Ignoring Women Scientists” can you identify a female scholar of science and technology who has helped to change the world? For most people, the answer is no.
Play-Well TEKnologies and World-Renowned LEGO Builder Alice Finch, the creator of the 400,000 piece LEGO Hogwarts Castle, are hoping to change that. On Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Alice Finch (with a little help from Play-Well) will introduce students to the many technological advancements contributed by female scientists and engineers. Alice and Play-Well will do this by having children learn experientially through building LEGO models of these great female scholars’ inventions. This is Alice Finch’s kick-off event as part of a larger project to introduce a variety of women scholars to kids through a LEGO curation.
Why is this such an important issue to address? CNN recently reported that in the U.S., “just one in seven engineers are female, only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women, and women have seen no employment growth in STEM jobs since 2000.” A group of women leaders in STEM fields surveyed by CNN presented these possible solutions to address this issue:
1. Recognize that the the toys and games that young girls play with mold their educational and career interests.
2. Introduce girls early to role models of other women in STEM.
3. Engage girls in STEM and keep them interested.
This workshop addresses all three of these solutions, providing students an opportunity to learn about female science and technology role models in an engaging way using LEGO. This initial event is a trial to see how much interest there is for this type of learning and subject matter… and if having this event sell out in a few hours in any indication, there is definitely a need for more of this type of education.
For more information about the Female Scholars of Science & Technology event, click here or visit http://bit.ly/FemaleScholarsOfScienceWorkshop. For specific questions about the event, please contact Claire Stafford at (206) 310-0678 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q13 Fox Seattle
King 5 Seattle
ALL GIRLS ENGINEERING WITH LEGO® CAMP PROGRAM
WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2013 – FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH, 2013, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
WHERE: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Lower (Brick) Building, Room No 36
6615 Dayton Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
WHY: Play-Well TEKnologies is running an all girls Engineering with LEGO® program for 2nd – 5th Grade female students at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. It is the first all girls engineering program of its kind conducted in the Phinney neighborhood that addresses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education.
A recent study by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women found that female university graduates were earning less than 20% of Bachelor’s Degrees in STEM related fields. This existed even though the number of H.S. female students identified as “mathematically gifted” (scoring above 700 in the Math SAT exam) was over 33%. The goal of programs such as Play-Well’s is to help introduce these STEM fields at an early age to girls, demystifying engineering, so that these young female students can see themselves one day as engineers, computer programmers, and scientists.
Play-Well Washington’s Manager, Molly Lebowitz, is one of the 20% of female engineers who achieved her degree in the male-dominated engineering field. Molly graduated from Cornell University and used to work for an environmental engineering organization. She contributed to the EngineerGirl initiative through the National Academy of Engineering for 5 years. While at Play-Well, she quickly noticed the gender disparity in the building classes for youngsters. As a result, Molly has been instrumental in expanding Play-Well initiative in Washington to give young girls dedicated opportunities to try their hand at building and experimenting with mechanics in a fun, collaborative space. “This is not just pink LEGO. In fact, the curriculum is virtually identical to the co-ed programs. We are simply removing the minority pressure, and fostering the way girls play in the context of building and construction.” With a few LEGO pieces, Molly hopes this initiative will help build a few future female engineers.
For more information, please contact Molly Lebowitz at 206.310.0678 or email@example.com. Play-Well TEKnologies programs are not authorized, sponsored or endorsed by the LEGO® Group.
We recently had so much fun running our new JEDI Engineering w/LEGO program. Our instructors that are Star Wars nerds are really into teaching these programs, getting kids excited about the world of Star Wars, and answering what role engineers played in creating this world.
We ask our students, “who do you think built the X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Millenium Falcon, Death Star, Imperial Cruiser, Clone Troopers, and even the Jedi Academy? Engineers.” Then as engineers, we begin to reconstruct the world and story lines of Star Wars through our LEGO building.
Check out some pictures from a JEDI Engineering camp we recently held in Ventura County, CA.
If you’d like more information about our JEDI Engineering programs, click HERE. We will be offering JEDI Engineering camps in various parts of the country this summer. If you’d like to know if we are offering these camps in your area, simply click here and search for camps near you: http://www.play-well.org/summer/2013/.
We recently attended Portland’s Brick Cascade, the largest gathering of the best LEGO builders in all of Oregon. For the LEGO conference, we created a 3ft long LEGO conveyor belt with a pneumatic powered drawbridge for our LEGO raffle.
Meet Alex Gray Osborne, also known as AG. AG is our newest North Carolina engineering instructor, and a recent graduate from North Carolina State University. He told us that #4 on his bucket list was to get paid to play with LEGO. This job helped him cross off one of the items on his bucket list.
Last summer, AG worked in the Sierra Nevadas assisting the US Forest Service. He also found time to drive cross-country. Now AG hopes that some of the money he earns from this job can help him fulfill the next item on his bucket list: learning how to scuba dive. If you are interested in working for Play-Well TEKnologies and are in the process of fulfilling something on your bucket list, visit our Play-Well Jobs Page.
On Sunday, October 14th, 2012, we collaborated with the Boulder JCC in Colorado for their Kids Capital Campaign “Day of Building.” Our Play-Well Design Team created a LEGO model of Boulder JCC, which was revealed to 250 of Boulder JCC’s members. Here is a picture of the LEGO Model of Boulder JCC:
With all their members, we had ice cream, built more LEGO structures, and celebrated the unveiling of the LEGO Boulder JCC. Here are pictures of the event.
If you would like us to design a LEGO Model for your organization or would like us to be a part of one of your events, feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: Enter to win a Play-Well Engineering w/LEGO® Birthday Party (Value $300) PLUS two Swoop bags (Value $96). Expires 8/12/12
Who is Play-Well TEKnologies?
Play-Well TEKnologies provides project-based programs designed to teach the principles and methods of engineering to children, ages 5 – 14, using LEGO®. Play-Well has been growing future engineers since 1997.
What’s a Swoop Bag?
Swoop bags are the ultimate modern TOY STORAGE BAG + PLAYMAT in one.