LEGO® Engineering (Grades K-5)
DC Campus

Play-Well TEKnologies utilizes expert instructors and thousands of LEGO® 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®!

Campers dive into massive collections of LEGO® to build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles. Campers explore the fundamental principles of engineering and physics while learning to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. With Play-Well TEKnologies, your camper will grow and learn through exploration and imagination! Play-Well TEKnologies gives campers the incredible opportunity to create, build, learn, engineer, and architect with the instruction and inspiration from specially trained teachers.

Lego Engineering Bethesda - Specialty Camps - Sidwell Summer Camp
Dates/Hours/Fees
2017 Dates/Hours
Intro to STEM Grades K-1 June 12 – 16: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
STEM Challenge Grades 2-5 June 12 – 16: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Mine. Craft. Build: Adventure Grades K-1 June 19 – 23: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Mine. Craft. Build: Survival Grades 2-5 June 19 – 23: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Jedi Engineering Grades K-1 August 7 – 11: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Jedi Master Engineering Grades 2-5 August 7 – 11: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Mine. Craft. Build: Jedi Adventure Grades K-1 August 14 – 18: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Mine. Craft. Build: Jedi Survival Grades 2-5 August 14 – 18: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Fees
$295/session

 

Adding an AM or PM Camp

Sidwell Summer has a number of afternoon/morning options that can be paired with morning/afternoon 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.

AM Tennis – (Grades 1-5) Tennis campers will learn new skills as they rotate through a variety of drills as they progress towards playing single and double matches. $295/week.

AM Soccer – (Grades K-5) At Sidwell Summer, dedicated and professional coaches lead soccer programs that focus both on cultivating a love of the game and enhancing technical skills.  Sidwell Summer Soccer Camp is designed for players of all levels. $295/week

AM Basketball – (Grades 2-5) The Sidwell Summer Basketball Camp is designed to meet the needs of campers of every skill level. In the mornings, the program concentrates on individualized instruction in passing, shooting, dribbling, and moving without the ball as well as development of offensive moves and defensive techniques. $295/week.

AM or 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. New projects will be introduced each week! AM: $350/week. PM: $250/week.

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! $150/week.

Program Descriptions

Intro to STEM
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

STEM Challenge
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. 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.

Mine. Craft. Build: Adventure
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures! Build a Zoo, create a Medieval Castle, and design a Tree House Village! This LEGO experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular game, Minecraft. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO.

Mine. Craft. Build: Survival
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools, and watch out for Creepers! This ultimate LEGO Minecraft experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, using gameplay elements and characters inspired by the popular Minecraft video game. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO.

Jedi Engineering
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

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

The Pre-Engineering & FUNdamentals schedules are designed to enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills.  The scheduled activities expose the campers to concepts and and vocabulary of Engineering, Architecture and Physics, and also provide the campers an opportunity to have a great time with terrific and versatile building systems.  Campers in both programs with typically work on two different engineering projects and architectural projects per day.  Campers will use over 100,000 Lego pieces to design and build their project.

Campers 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. Campers have access to approximately 100,000 pieces of LEGO® materials to use in creating their engineering projects.  Campers are introduced to engineering terminology that they are encouraged 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.

Schedule for Campers in Grades K-1

8:45–9:00 AM Drop Off
9:00–9:15 AM Morning Meeting 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 Meeting 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 items should be labeled with camper’s first and last 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 Pre-Engineering or Lego Fundamentals 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 if you have any 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 the parking garage on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Rodman Street, 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.  If you would like to park and walk your camper to the proper meeting location, you are welcome to park in any spot in the parking garage.  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 classroom.

Late Drop Off

If you arrive late to drop off your camper, please walk your child to the Sidwell Summer office (located next to the Fox Den) to check in for the day.  All late arrivals will be escorted to their group by camp staff.  Please make every effort to arrive before 9:00AM to ensure that your camper will have a full day at camp.

PM Program Drop Off

PM program drop off is at 1:00PM in the parking garage on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Rodman Street, 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 12:45PM.  If you would like to park and walk your camper to the proper meeting location, you are welcome to park in any spot in the parking garage.  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 classroom.

Pick Up

Early Pick Up

Please notify the Sidwell Summer office in advance by calling 202-537-8133 or emailing summer@sidwell.edu if you plan to pick up your child early from a camp program.  Campers should be picked up directly from the Sidwell Summer Office 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.*

Pick Up/Carpool

AM program pick up is at 12:00PM.

PM program pick up is at 4:00PM.

Both AM and PM campers should be picked up in the parking garage on the corner of Wisconsin Ave and Rodman Street.  All cars should line up in the parking garage, up to the last speed bumb 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.

Late Pick Up Policy at the End of the Camp Day

After 4:15PM, campers remaining are 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 flat $15.00. Campers picked up any later from the camp office in the Manor House 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 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. However, 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.