LEGO® Engineering (Grades K-5)
Bethesda Campus

Sidwell Summer is excited to offer Play-Well TEKnologies workshops as part of our Summer offerings.  Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO®. And while they build 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.

Play-Well strives to build problem-solving skills, to provide an opportunity for creative expression, and to foster a greater appreciation of how things work.  In the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, Play-Well encourages inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in our campers! Our summer ‘engineers’ will have access to over 100,000 pieces of Lego!

Lego Engineering Bethesda - Specialty Camps - Sidwell Summer Camp
Dates/Hours/Fees
2017 Dates/Hours
STEM Fundamentals Grades K-1 June 19 – 23 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build Grades 2-5 June 19 – 23 1:00PM – 4:00PM
JEDI Master Engineering Grades K-3 June 26 – 30 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Bash’em Bots Grades K-3 July 5 – 7 9:00AM – 12:00PM
STEM Fundamentals Grades K-3 July 10 – 14 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Construction Vehicles and Machines Grades K-3 July 17 – 21 9:00AM – 12:00PM
STEM Fundamentals Grades K-3 July 24 – 28 9:00AM – 12:00PM
JEDI Master Engineering Grades K-3 July 31 – August 4 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Fees
$295/session ($195 for 3-day week of July 5-7)

 

Adding AM or PM Programs

Sidwell Summer has a number of morning options that can be paired with afternoon programs OR afternoon options that can be paired with morning programs to create a full day of camp fun for your child! After a morning program, campers will eat lunch and be escorted by staff to the afternoon option you select.

Note: Most AM and PM programs must be registered for separately.

AM and PM Camp options are listed below:

AM and PM Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K – 6) The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting and crafting projects lead by the experienced Handwork Studio staff. The Handwork Camp is only available the week of June 19. AM Handworks and PM LEGO: $645. AM LEGO and PM Handworks: $590.

AM Intermediate Chess – (Grades 2 – 8) Chess is a fun way to keep your campers mentally sharp during the summer through memory building, concentration and reasoning skills. The morning session is open to campers in grades 2-8 with 2+ years of experience. Chess is available the weeks of June 19 and June 26, click here for more information on the program. AM Intermediate Chess and PM Lego: $545

PM Beginner Chess – (Grades K – 5) Chess is a fun way to keep your campers mentally sharp during the summer through memory building, concentration and reasoning skills. The afternoon session is open to campers in grades K-5 with less than two years experience or no experience at all. Chess is available the weeks of June 19 and June 26, click here for more information on the program. AM Lego and PM Beginner Chess: $545

AM Bethesda Soccer Club- (Grades K-8) At Bethesda Soccer Club Camp, dedicated and professional coaches lead fun and challenging programs that enhance campers technical skills while fostering a love of the game of soccer. Click here for information on this program. AM Soccer and PM LEGO: $590.

PM S’More Fun - (Grades K-5) S’More Fun is just as it sounds – an afternoon of S’more Fun after a structured morning program. The S’more Fun option includes LEGOS, Board Games, Art & Crafts and more! AM LEGO and PM S’more Fun: $445

Program Descriptions

STEM Fundamentals
Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Snowmobiles, Towers, Catapults, and Battletracks! 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.

Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build
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.

Bash’em Bots
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a massive motorized LEGO machine? Our Play Well Engineering instructors guide students in this advanced Play-Well engineering camp, as they re-engineer standard LEGO vehicles into mechanized machines that can traverse challenging obstacles, battle against fellow bots, and take on Play-Well Instructors’ colossal creations.

Construction Vehicles and Machines
Dig into engineering with big trucks, construction vehicles, and super machines. Explore the engineering terms, concepts, and vocabulary behind large-scale building machines. Build and learn about steamrollers, bulldozers, wrecking balls, tower cranes, and more while playing with your favorite building system: LEGO!

Jedi Master Engineering
The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build LEGO X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

For more details, visit play-well.org.

Sample Daily Schedule

Schedule for Campers in Grades K-1

8:45–9:00 AM Drop Off
9:00–9:15 AM Intro and Warm-Up
9:15 AM-11:45 AM Activities – exposure to concepts, vocabulary, and building!
12:00 PM Carpool/Transition to PM Programs

Schedule for Campers in Grades 2-5

12:50-1:00 PM Drop Off
1:00-1:15 PM Intro and Warm-Up
1:15-3:45 PM Activities – exposure to concepts, vocabulary, and building!
4:00 PM Carpool/ Transition to Camp ’til Six

 

What to Bring & What to Wear
All personal items and clothing should be labeled with camper’s full name. Campers should dress appropriately for activities (e.g., comfortable and appropriate shoes, shorts, and t-shirts).

  • Water Bottle
  • There will be time for snack during each AM and PM session. Each child should bring a snack. If you will be combining a Lego Engineering session with another half-day Sidwell Summer program, your child should bring a bagged lunch to camp each day.

For campers enrolled in both AM and PM programs: Sidwell Summer will have pizza and Italian ice each Friday at no cost to the campers.

*In an effort to build the kind of community that is so integral to a memorable camp experience, we ask that cell phones, music players, e-readers, and personal gaming systems be left at home.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off

  • AM Program: 8:45AM – 9:00AM
  • PM Program: 1:00PM

Pick Up:

  • AM Program: 12:00PM
  • PM Program: 4:00PM

Please review the procedures below and let us know any of questions. We realize the process may seem overwhelming, but our families become pros after a few days and the flow of traffic works well.

Drop Off

AM Program Drop Off

Beginning at 8:45AM campers arriving by car should be dropped off in front of the school’s Manor House, where camp staff will greet you. Camp staff will help open car doors and direct campers to the proper meeting location. Campers should arrive no earlier than 8:45AM. The parking garage located on Hampden Lane is for camp staff only. Please do not enter the garage. Parking spaces are available along the front drive and in the front parking lot if you would like to park and walk your camper to the proper meeting location. We recognize this is particularly appealing for parents of our youngest campers, especially the first couple of days of camp. In the event of a rainy day drop off, all campers will be escorted directly to their group.

PM Program Drop Off

PM program drop off is at 1:00PM. Campers arriving by car should be dropped off in front of the school’s Manor House, where camp staff will greet you. Camp staff will help open car doors and direct campers to the proper meeting location. The parking garage located on Hampden Lane is for camp staff only. Please do not enter the garage. Parking spaces are available along the front drive and in the front parking lot if you would like to park and walk your camper to the proper meeting location. We recognize this is particularly appealing for parents of our youngest campers, especially the first couple of days of camp. In the event of a rainy day drop off, all campers will be escorted directly to their group.

Late Drop Off

If you arrive late to drop off your camper, please walk your child to the health office in the Manor House to check in for the day. All late arrivals will be escorted to their group by camp staff. Please make every effort to arrive on time to ensure that your camper will have a full day at camp.

Pick Up

AM Program Pick Up

AM Only program pick up is at 12:00PM in front of the Manor House only. All cars should line up in the circular drive by pulling all the way around the circle, up to the edge of the Meeting House to allow for as many cars as possible and in order to give space for through traffic to pass during this time.  Please remain in your car at all times. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your pick up time. Campers are walked to cars by camp staff. If you prefer, you may park and greet your camper on the front porch of the Manor House.

PM Program Pick Up

PM program pick up is at 4:00PM in front of the Manor House only. All cars should line up in the circular drive by pulling all the way around the circle, up to the edge of the Meeting House to allow for as many cars as possible and in order to give space for through traffic to pass during this time.  Please remain in your car at all times. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your pick up time. Campers are walked to cars by camp staff. If you prefer, you may park and greet your camper on the front porch of the Manor House.

Early Pick Up

Please notify one of the program directors in advance by calling 202-537-2404 if you plan to pick up your child early from a camp program. Campers should be picked up directly from the health office in the Manor House and a parent or designated adult must check out with the camp staff before leaving campus in order to ensure the safety of all campers. Campers will not be permitted to wait alone, in the front of the school, or in other pick up locations.

*Note: For early pick up, please arrive before 2:00 PM. We cannot accommodate early pick ups after 2:00 PM due to carpool and scheduling constraints.*

Late Pick Up Policy

Any camper not registered for Camp ‘til Six and who is not picked up by 4:15PM is considered a Late Pick Up. At 4:15PM campers are taken to the camp office until a parent or designated person picks up the camper(s).

Late Pick Up Fees: Our staff’s time is as valuable to us as the time of our families. Therefore, late pick-up fees are incurred beginning at 4:15PM. Payment is due at the time of pick up, no exceptions. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card in the office.  If a camper is picked up within 15 minutes of the designated pick up time, it is a charge of $15.00. Campers picked up any later from the camp office are charged a late pick up fee of $50.00. Please note charges are per camper and will apply to each child.

Please note: Campers are not taken to the Camp ‘til Six program. This program is for pre-registered campers only. Campers who have not been picked up by the program closure time will be in the summer office for pick up. Serious infractions (either based on frequency of late pick-ups or duration of any single pick up) may result in dismissal from camp program.

Forms & Health Information

All mandatory medical information is captured through the online application unless your camper lives outside the United States or US Territories. If your camper lives outside the United States or US territories the Immunization Form below must be completed and submitted prior to the first day of camp. Per State of Maryland Law, your camper will not be permitted to attend camp without the completed form on file.

Additionally, if your child has medication to be distributed while at camp, you would like the nurse to administer over the counter medications to your child during the camp day, or your child has allergies or asthma, please click here to access the necessary forms.