Pre-Engineering using LEGOŽ Ages: 5 to 7

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGOŽ!  Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design!  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGOŽ building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.  This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.


June 18th - June 22nd, 2012

Day(s)Mon-Fri
Time9:00am - 12:00pm

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Location12310 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin, TX 78750
RoomLarge Room

Register

Cost$125.00
Phone720-250-7208

Play-Well Summer Camp FAQ

Summer Camp Goals

What are the goals of the summer camps?

  • Develop and enhance students' problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Expose children to concepts and vocabulary of:
    • Engineering
    • Architecture
    • Physics
  • Provide an opportunity to have a great time with a terrific and versatile building system

Our Pre-Engineering summer camps are primarily focused on BUILDING techniques.

SUMMER CAMP FORMAT

What is the format of a Play-Well TEKnologies Engineering summer camp?

We typically work on 2 different engineering and architectural projects per day. Projects typically start with an introduction and short presentation by the instructor followed by a design/building assignment. Students have access to approximately 100,000 pieces of LEGO® materials to use in creating their engineering projects.

Students are introduced to engineering terminology that they are encourage to use throughout the class when identifying pieces, posing questions, or assisting each other. Instructors circulate and assist the children in realizing their project goals.

When the participants have satisfied basic requirements of a project, they are encouraged to further explore engineering applications of the principles and construction methods by inspecting, testing, modifying, and rebuilding. At the end of each class session, students are expected to dismantle their projects and put away their materials.

Will the students take anything home with them at the conclusion of the summer camp?

Unfortunately, the campers don't get to take any of the LEGO® materials home with them. We re-use the materials with our other summer camps and classes. If we saved projects, we would not have enough materials for our other summer camps.

CURRICULUM

What are some of the concepts covered in your summer camp?

1st, 2nd, 3rd Class LeversMotors, batteries, leads
Compound gear trainsOverlapping
Crown gears / bevel gearsPneumatics and pumps
Beam bridgesRack and pinion steering
Belt drive transmissionsRack gears
Cams and clutch gearsSkid steering
Connected systemsSteering mechanisms
Eccentric motionDifferentials
Gear drives, torque, speedTiming Mechanisms
Load & stress testingWorm gear drives
Moment of inertiaFriction and Gravity

RETURNING CAMPERS

Will Play-Well TEKnologies Engineering summer camps be a repeat for my child if they have already attended previous Play-Well summer camps and/or enrichment classes?

While there are some fundamental projects that are revisited in summer camps, our instructors offer advanced challenges and modifications for any model that will push even the most experienced Lego Maniacs to the next level! Our curriculum is flexible and adjusts to the interests and experience level of the students. With hundreds of projects to choose from and a constantly expanding curriculum, our instructors look forward to continually challenging the most advanced students to reach their full potential. We also encourage our students to communicate when they desire a new challenge that meets their building skill level. Our responsibility as instructors is to never leave any student bored or unchallenged!

ADVANCED SUMMER CAMPS / "CHALLENGES"

Are the Junkyard Challenge and Bash `Em Bots summer camps more advanced than the Engineering Fundamentals summer camps?

Yes. Instructors expect that participants in either the Junkyard Challenge or Bash `Em Bots summer camps are already familiar with basic engineering concepts and techniques taught in our Fundamentals summer camps. These advanced classes require a more open-ended creative application of building techniques to accomplish specific goals and challenges. We strongly encourage students to take our Fundamentals summer camps before enrolling in our more advanced summer camps.

SIGN IN / OUT

Do I need to sign my child in and out?

We ask that you sign your child in and out each day of the summer camp. To ensure the children's safety, our instructors stay in the classroom with the child until a parent / guardian is there to pick them up and sign them out. This also gives us the opportunity to get to know your family and touch base before or after class!

PROJECT PICTURES

Can we get pictures of our child's final projects?

We encourage parents to come 30 minutes before the end of class if you would like to see your child's specific project. If you cannot come early, we suggest giving your child a disposable camera, which would allow them to save a "snapshot" of their project.

PURCHASING LEGO®

Can we purchase the LEGO® parts used in summer camps?

Unfortunately, we do not sell the Lego parts used in our summer camps and classes. We encourage parents to visit our website, play-well.org, and check the `materials' link which lists the places where we obtain pieces for our kits.

SNACK?

Should my child bring a snack to summer camp?

We will take one break midway through class. We do not provide snack but encourage parents to provide a peanut-free snack for their child. For parents of children allergic to peanuts, we cannot guarantee that Lego pieces in our kits are completely free of peanut oils.

OUTDOOR BREAKS

Do the kids go outside at all during summer camp?

Depending on the weather, we may take the group outside to eat snacks during our break. At this time we may allow the kids to run around and play a bit if there is a sufficient amount of space at the site. Please feel free to send your child with a hat/ sunscreen if you choose (please apply sunscreen before class begins!).