How Do We Train Our Instructors To Teach Kids Engineering with LEGO?

How Do We Train Our Instructors To Teach Kids Engineering with LEGO? We play!

Our instructors go through an extensive 40 – 50 hour training, learning all of our engineering curriculum and practicing how to teach complex terminology to elementary school students. We teach a large part of this though through the play, as we believe our students & instructors learn the most when they are fully present and having fun. Here is how they learned to build and conveyor belts.

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Seven Foot LEGO Menorah Built For Last Day of Hanukkah

On December 4th, 2013, the last day of Hanukkah, one of our Play-Well Staffer, Jared Brems, helped a group of children at Camp Gan Izzy of Camarillo built a 7-foot LEGO Menorah.  Over 4000 LEGO pieces were used to create the seven foot tall LEGO Menorah.  Here are some of the pictures from the event.  Some of the photos were taken by the Ventura County Start Newspaper.

KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Yakov Lang has the honor of lighting the large menorah made of Legos on Wednesday, the day of his eighth birthday at Constitution Park in Camarillo on Wednesday. Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/photos/galleries/2013/dec/04/lego-menorah/#ixzz2ovZ4QGJV  - vcstar.com

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR
Yakov Lang has the honor of lighting the large menorah made of Legos on Wednesday, the day of his eighth birthday at Constitution Park in Camarillo on Wednesday.

The design created for the middle of the Menorah.

The design created for the middle of the Menorah.

Photo By Ventura County Star KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Abijah Anthony looks up toward the stage while making significant strides in his contribution to the Lego menorah in Camarillo.

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR
Abijah Anthony looks up toward the stage while making significant strides in his contribution to the Lego menorah in Camarillo.

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Jared Brems with Play-Well TEKnologies helps place the branches of the menorah made of about 4,000 Legos on Wednesday at Constitution Park.

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR
Jared Brems with Play-Well TEKnologies helps place the branches of the menorah made of about 4,000 Legos on Wednesday at Constitution Park.

Here was the final result:

The Final Result.  A Seven Foot LEGO Menorah made up of 4000 LEGO pieces.

The Final Result. A Seven Foot LEGO Menorah made up of 4000 LEGO pieces.

Thankful Kids LEGO Project!

One of our Play-Well students, Curtis, did something really amazing and generous for his mom.  She needed a teaspoon holder, so he built one out of LEGO.  His act of kindness and creativity inspired us to create the Thankful Kids LEGO Project.     

Teaspoon Holder

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Every holiday season, parents work really hard to make the holidays extra special for their kids.  One of our students reminded us that kids can make any day special for their parents too.  So, we have created a project where kids can show how thankful they are through their ingenuity, creativity, and a little bit of LEGO.  It inspired other kids to want to participate.

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“I just wanted to share with you my amazing godson Steven Taylor invention for our electronic toothbrushes. Recently we bought electronic toothbrushes but haven’t been able to leave it in the bathroom because there really isn’t a holder for them…He thought it would be helpful for him to build us a holder out of Legos small enough to fit around the sink and also look cool…well without any hesitation he came up with an amazing toothbrush holder in under ten minutes and put little cute details around it like a robot and a flame behind the toothbrush…Amazing..we are so very proud of him and very thankful for his thoughtfulness.

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A child built a LEGO Vacuum Cleaner for his mom for the Thankful Kids LEGO Project.

Here is how kids can do this:

    1. Thank your parents for everything they do.  This can be done throughout the holidays.
    2. Ask your parents how you can help, perhaps by building something they need out of LEGO.
    3. Build the project out of LEGO.
    4. Post it on our Play-Well Facebook Pagetweet it to us, or email it to jeff@play-well.org.

We will share all of the projects that kids make throughout all of November and December in an album and a video that we will share around the country.

Happy Holidays!