LEGO® Engineering (Grades K-5)
1 week session 9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm $310
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!
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Dates, Hours, and Fees
|Week 1: June 18 – 22||Jedi Engineering – AM Only (K-1)
Jedi Master Engineering – PM Only (2-5)
|9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
|Week 2: June 25 – 29||Ninjaneering Master – AM Only (K-3)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Week 3: July 2 – 6 (No Camp July 4)||Intro to STEM – AM Only (K-3)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Week 4: July 9 – 13||Minecraft Master Engineering – AM Only (K-3)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Week 5: July 16 – 20||Super Hero Engineering – AM Only (K-3)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Week 6: July 23 – 27||Jedi Master Engineering – AM Only (K-3)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Week 7: July 30 – August 3||STEM FUNdamentals – AM Only (K-3)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Week 8: August 6 – 10||Ninjaneering – AM Only (K-1)
Ninjaneering Master – PM Only (2-5)
|9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
|Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.|
|$310/session ($250 for 4-day week of July 2-6)|
Adding AM or PM Programs
Sidwell Summer has a number of afternoon options that can be paired with morning LEGO® OR morning options that can be paired with afternoon LEGO® 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 options are listed below:
Fencing – (Grades 2-5) Available 6/18-6/22. Introduction to Fencing taught by Olympic champion focusing on basic sword skills and fencing principles. Click here for more information on this program. Fencing + LEGO® = $620.
Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6) Available both weeks. The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting, and crafting projects led by the experienced staff of The Handwork Studio. Handwork + LEGO® = $675.
Intermediate Chess - (Grades 2-8) Available 6/18-6/22. This class will challenge students to level up their chess thinking with advanced strategies pertaining to the opening, middle game, and end. Students will participate in an in-camp tournament, team up for special challenges, and even invent their own variant chess games. Intermediate Chess + LEGO® = $575.
Ninja Challenge – (Grades K-5) Available 8/6-8/10. Using obstacle courses and active games, campers will jump, swing, climb, hang, leap, balance, and roll their way through multiple indoor and outdoor obstacles. Campers will even design some of their own obstacles! Click here for information on this program. Ninja Challenge + LEGO® = $625.
Ready, Set, Write! – (Grades 3-5) Available 6/18-6/22. Creative Writing class taught by Sidwell Friends Lower School teacher. Click here for more information on this program. Ready, Set, Write! + LEGO® = $575.
Soccer – (Grades K-5) Available both weeks. At Sidwell’s Soccer 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. Soccer + LEGO® = $620.
Note: After registering for one of the above AM programs, select "Opt Out" and then register for PM LEGO® separately.
PM options are listed below:
Beginner Chess – (Grades K-5) Available 6/18-6/22 and 6/25-6/29. Let curious minds meet the challenging world of the chess board through stories, puzzles, arts, and games, to excite and delight future grandmasters. Students will learn all about the chess pieces and chess board at a gentle pace, adding details bit by bit as they accumulate all the knowledge necessary to play a full game of chess. LEGO® + Beginner Chess = $575.
Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6) Available all weeks. The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting, and crafting projects led by the experienced staff of The Handwork Studio. LEGO® + Handwork =$575.
Splash More – (Grades 2-5) Available all weeks. After lunch, campers will take a Sidwell bus to the Bethesda pool for free swim. There is no formal swimming instruction offered; therefore, campers should be comfortable in the water. LEGO® + Splash More = $475.
Sweets, Treats, and Eats - (Grades K-6) Available Weeks 3-8. Explore the sweet world of candy making, cupcake decorating, cake pops and cookies! Kids will dip, frost, bake, and decorate. We'll end the week helping campers to sew (on a sewing machine) their own "goodie bag" in which to take their creations home. LEGO® + Sweets, Treats, and Eats = $585.
Theater – (Grades K-3) Available all weeks. Led by instructors from Imagination Stage, this afternoon program will feature different weekly themes such as Fairytale Adventures and Kids in Space. Imagination Stage “fosters a creative environment for children to develop their skills in, and understanding of, the theatre arts in a fun and stimulating way." LEGO® + Theater = $545.
Note: After selecting AM LEGO® during registration, you will then be directed to choose from the above PM Camp options, or to "Opt Out" and dismiss at 12:00pm.
Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 3)
Give your imagination a boost with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Cities, Garbage Trucks, Catamarans, and Dinosaurs. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Jedi Engineering with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 1)
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as 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 with LEGO® Materials (Grades 2 – 5)
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 projects using LEGO® materials such as 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.
Minecraft Master Engineering with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 3)
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® parts! 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® materials.
Ninjaneering with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 1) (NEW!)
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.
Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 3) (NEW!)
Master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills! In this advanced LEGO camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.
STEM FUNdamentals with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 3)
Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Gear Cars, Castles, Airplanes, and Scissor Lifts. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Super Hero Engineering with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 3) (NEW!)
Save the world with Super Heroes! Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers! An experienced Play-Well instructor guides young heroes as they design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.
For more details, visit play-well.org.
Sample Daily Schedule
|Schedule for Campers in Morning Program|
|8:45am – 9:00am||Drop Off|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Intro and Warm-Up|
|9:15am - 11:45am||Activities – exposure to concepts, vocabulary, and building!|
|12:00pm||Carpool/Transition to PM Programs|
|Schedule for Campers in Afternoon Program|
|12:50pm - 1:00pm||Drop Off|
|1:00pm - 1:15pm||Intro and Warm-Up|
|1:15pm - 3:45pm||Activities – exposure to concepts, vocabulary, and building!|
|4:00pm||Carpool/ Transition to Camp ’til Six|