Press Advisory: Play-Well Northwest Opens, Innovation Through Play




WHERE:  Play-Well Northwest LEGO Activity Center, 11743 124th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

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A student excited to build his world out of LEGO at Play-Well Northwest.

The former U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, recently said, “the top 10 in-demand jobs in the future don’t exist today. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”  In the northwest region of the country, where constant innovation is the key to a strong economy, a center called Play-Well Northwest is opening.  Its main purpose is to help build the problem solvers and innovators of the future through play.  The creator of Play-Well Northwest, Play-Well TEKnologies, has been teaching engineering to kids using LEGO across the country for the past 16 years.  Play-Well now teaches over 80,000 kids a year, but where some of the most creative endeavors happen are at their centers.  Play-Well Northwest will serve as an incubator of ideas, where kids get to help create, test, and play with new, innovative programs, from LEGO architectural workshops to LEGO engineering summer camps.

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Center Manager, Brandon Jones, organizing all 200,000 pieces of LEGO in preparation for the grand opening.

The World Economic Forum recently ranked the United States 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education and 27th in developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.  Even with the big push for STEM education in the past decade, initial results have not shown a major increase in college graduates from STEM related fields.  What is missing is the innovative play that encourages children to explore these fields.  Here is what Brandon Jones, Play-Well Northwest Center Manager, recently said about Play-Well’s philosophy towards teaching: “we believe kids learn best through play.  Play-Well Northwest was created as a space for children to explore, problem solve, and create through the world of LEGO.”  Play-Well Northwest attempts to cultivate that level of interest in these fields through play, challenging kids to see the world as problem solvers and explorers.  The grand opening serves as a launching pad to show how the center hopes to inspire the innovators that will solve the problems of tomorrow by simply playing today.

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Play-Well Northwest will be having its grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 18th from 10 AM – 5 PM.   Play-Well TEKnologies believes that kids learn best through play. So, Play-Well Northwest was created as a space for children to explore, problem solve, and create through the world of LEGO.  At the event, kids and parents will be able to test out new projects and curriculum, participate in engineering challenges, express themselves through building, and celebrate the opening with cake.

For more information, please contact Brandon Jones at (425) 244-9361 or brandon@play-well.orgPlay-Well TEKnologies programs are not authorized, sponsored or endorsed by the LEGO® Group.

Red Tricycle Article on the Grand Opening of our Play-Well Northwest LEGO Activity Center!

We are so excited to announce the grand opening of our Play-Well Northwest LEGO Activity Center in Kirkland, WA this Saturday, May 18th. Red Tricycle just wrote an article about the center.


The best part of the event is that it is free to come! If you are in the neighborhood, come by. If you know any families in the Seattle area, pass this along to them.

If you’d like more information about our Play-Well Northwest Grand Opening, visit

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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!


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:


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.