Giving Away LEGO on April 1st!

While doing inventory, we realized that our instructor kits have too much LEGO. So, we need to get rid of thousands of LEGO pieces. If you’d like some, just comment below. One last important piece of information: APRIL FOOLS!

LEGO Kit

Our Play-Well JEDI Engineering w/LEGO Program

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.

Our staff member, Jared, with a group of mini Jedi Engineering builders.

Our staff member, Jared, with a group of mini Jedi Engineering builders.

A LEGO battle droid model and a X-Wing prototype welcomed these Jedi Engineers to the camp.

A LEGO battle droid model and a X-Wing prototype welcomed these Jedi Engineers to the camp.

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/.

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Meet Our Instructor, AG Osborne!

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.

AG's Bucket List.  #4. Getting paid to play with LEGO.

AG’s Bucket List. #4. Getting paid to play with LEGO.  Check!

AG recently helped out at our LEGO Kidsfest in Richmond, VA.  One of his jobs was to lay in LEGO.

AG recently helped out at our LEGO Kidsfest in Richmond, VA. One of his jobs was to lay in LEGO.

AG hanging out with R2D2.

AG hanging out with R2D2 and C3PO.

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.

Designing A LEGO Model of Boulder JCC

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:

The model was initially designed in SF by our Design Team and then shipped to Colorado. Here is it right before it got packed away for its trip.

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.

The unveiling of the Boulder JCC LEGO Model.

On the right is Alex Shullman, the main architect of the Boulder JCC LEGO Model. Alex is also the VP of Curriculum at Play-Well.

The best part of the day was seeing budding architects inspired to build cool structures on this Kids Capital Campaign  Day of Building.

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 jeff@play-well.org.

Play-Well Engineering w/LEGO Party & Swoop Bag Giveaway

We are collaborating with Swoop Bags to give away a 
Play-Well Engineering w/LEGO Birthday Party (Value: $300.00) and two Swoop Bags (Value: $96.00).

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.
www.swoopbags.com 

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE!

Introducing Our Newest Center: Play-Well Ventura!

Play-Well Ventura

Play-Well Ventura, our newest activity learning center, is now up and running! The center is offering many fun classes, summer camps, and mini-sessions to the families and schools of Ventura County and beyond. The  Play-Well Ventura center began as a vision of Ben Pfister, the Ventura/Santa Barbara Area Manager. He wanted to create a space where children could build, explore, and create while also working on their own individual interests and inspirations. As Ben said, “I want to make it a space where everyone can find something they are drawn to.  I imagine a space with sick catapults and crazy machines mixed with beautiful paintings and delicate sculptures out of clay and wire.” His desire to combine and welcome children’s diverse interests and creative directions plays a major role in what makes Play-Well Ventura unique. Here at Play-Well Venture, instructors don’t think that work and fun have to be mutually exclusive. They want to inspire children to partake in a hybrid of the two, “learning in disguise, work that doesnt feel like work.” This vision came to life with the “Thinking Creatively: Mind-Mapping” class currently being run at Play-Well Ventura.

Ben Pfister

This amazing class asks students to use a powerful idea-generating process called “mind-mapping” to explore different angles of a central theme chosen for the group. Students can choose from science, art, history, personal observations and many other tracks as a means to creatively consider and approach the groups theme. Then the class “harvests” their ideas and uses them as inspiration to create a piece of art, assemble an informational piece or narrate a story which explores the student’s unique perspective of the class theme. This is just one of the many amazing and exciting classes being offered at Play-Well Ventura. From a Leonardo Da Vinci summer workshop to Robotics classes to a Comic Strip Story-Telling with LEGO® camp, Play-Well Ventura has something to offer for every child. So, come by and visit our center and prepare to be creative, to think outside of the box, and to explore. You may find something you never thought possible.

Play-Well Ventura in the early stages

Come play with us!