In commemoration of this historic PI day, 3.14.15, we created a video to honor this awesome day. And we get to celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday too today. Yippee! The best way to recognize PI Day is with some LEGO.
We are excited to be sponsoring the LEGO® Technic Section at LEGO® Kidsfest, the largest LEGO® Tour in the world. We will be at these LEGO Kidsfest tour spots highlighted in blue:
Here is a list of the LEGO® Conventions in North America. This is a place where some of the best adult and kid LEGO® builders in the country gather to display their work, exchange ideas, and share their passion for LEGO®.
In the list below, we have bolded the LEGO conventions & events in blue that we are currently attending in 2014. More locations may be added in the future.
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.
For more information about Play-Well TEKnologies, visit www.play-well.org.
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.
Here was the final result:
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.
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.
Here is how kids can do this:
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.
We asked some of our Parks & Recreation coordinators and schools that we partner with during the summer about what they thought about our Play-Well Engineering with LEGO programs. This is what they had to say.
If you’d like to get more information about our Play-Well Programs, visit www.play-well.org.
Did you wait till the last minute to come up with Halloween costume for yourself or your child? No need to despair as we have been there and have had to come up with costumes on the fly ourselves. Here is one LEGO costume that you can build in less than 30 minutes.
Here are some other ways to build a LEGO Man Costume:
Our Play-Well staff are AFOL’s obsessed w/ LEGO. So, we created this ridiculous video to address our LEGO addiction.
Feel free to share this video with any LEGO addicts you know.
It takes a full team of our young architects and engineers to create a Sumerian Ziggurat of this size out of LEGO. The Ziggurat our students studied for this model was built in Mesopotamia over 4000 years ago! This model was built at our Play-Well Ventura Center.