2015:15_IL_Enrichment Proposal

Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO®. And while they built elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to
collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting. This
class is not affiliated with the LEGO Group. For more information about our organization, please visit our
website at www.play-well.org or contact Jake Throop at 678.895.3189 or [email protected] or Maddy
Gabor at [email protected]
What kind of kids like Play-Well?
Pretty much all kids.
Evenkids who
like classes get engaged. Probably be-
cause kids have a natural attraction to and talent for building.
The problem is getting them to leave at the end of the session.
Company Profile
Play-Well TEKnologies has been “Teaching Engineering to Kids’
since 1997 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our instructors have
varied careers and educational backgrounds (for example: mechanical
engineering, architecture, biology, art, law). More importantly, all share
a common enthusiasm for kids, engineering, and LEGO.
The goals of the class are to:
(1) Solve problems. We develop and enhance each student’s problem solving and critical thinking
(2) Explore the world. We introduce students to concepts and vocabulary of Engineering, Architecture, and Physics.
(3) Express ourselves. LEGO is a medium with tremendous creative potential. Above all else: Have
Teaching Methodology
Students work individually, in teams, and
as a group throughout the sessions. A
short discussion and demonstration of the
day’s topic starts each meeting. Children
are given a design/building/programming
assignment. Instructors will provide individual assistance and instruction and facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects.
Our Instructors
Each class will be taught by an experienced
instructor. The instructor may not be determined until shortly before the first class
meeting. An assistant instructor will be
added at our discretion.
Class Materials
What exactly do kids build at PlayWell? Depending on the class curriculum,
kids build any of more than 1,000 projects,
We will provide all materials for the classes. Materials will be from gear-drive cars to bridges, from catapults to battling jousting monorails.
removed from the site daily.
Class Length
Class durations will be 90 minutes. Longer and shorter duration
classes may be negotiated.
Class Fee
Base pricing is $18 per class meeting per student for a 90minute class. Total fee depends on the number of class meetings
and facility use fees. *Except Robotics Courses
Class Size
Minimum 11 students, maximum 16 students for one instructor,
24 students for an assistant and instructor. Larger classes may
be negotiated.
How is Play-Well different from other LEGO
classes? We’re a magnet for the most inspirational in-
structors. We have the most and coolest LEGO. We’ve
been refining our programs and approach for 17 years.
This work is our life’s passion.
Core Engineering
PRE-Engineering using LEGO
Ages 5-7/ Grades K-1
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®!
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
LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced
Play-Well instructor.
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Ages 7-12/
Grades 2-5
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies
and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in
physics, engineering, and architecture through engineerdesigned projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized
cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and
explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students
to engineer at the next level.
Themed Engineering
Jedi Engineering using LEGO
Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering
principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designing and refining LEGO X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far-flung edges of the galaxy. Imagination and
engineering combine to create motorized and architectural
projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and
defense turrets.
Jedi Engineering with LEGO
des K-1
Jedi Master Engineering using LEGO
Grades 2-5
Ages 5-7/ GraAges 7-12/
Mine, Craft, Build using LEGO
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core
engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in
physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast,
even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO.
PRE:Engineering: Mine, Craft, Build using LEGO Ages 5-6/ Grades K-1
Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build using LEGO
Ages 7-12/ Grades 2-5
Ninjaneering using LEGO Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way
of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the
mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the
guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy
world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the
challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp.
Ninjaneering using LEGO Ages 5-6/ Grades K-1
Ninjaneering Masters using LEGOAges 7-12/ Grades 2-5