LEGO® Engineering
(Grades K-5)

LEGO® Engineering (Grades K-5)

  1 week session       9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pm       $310

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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.


Dates, Hours, and Fees

2018 Dates/Themes/Hours
June 11 – 15 Intro to STEM – AM Only (K-1)
STEM Challenge – PM Only (2-5)
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
June 18 – 22 Ninjaneering – AM Only (K-1)
Ninjaneering Master – PM Only (2-5)
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
June 25 – 29 Super Hero Engineering – AM Only (K-1)
Super Hero Master Engineering – PM Only (2-5)
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
July 2 – 6 (No camp July 4) Mine, Craft, Build, Adventure Game – AM Only (K-1)
Mine, Craft, Build, Survival Game – PM Only (2-5)
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
August 6 – 10 Jedi Engineering – AM Only (K-1)
Jedi Master Engineering – PM Only (2-5)
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
August 13 – 17 Intro to STEM – AM Only (K-1)
STEM Challenge – PM Only (2-5)
9:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.
Fees
$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.

PM options are listed below:

Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6)  Available all weeks.  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!  LEGO® + Handwork =  $575.

S’More Fun – (Grades K-3)  Available all weeks.  S’More Fun is just as it sounds – an afternoon of Some More Fun after a structured morning program. The S’More Fun option includes LEGO®, Board Games, Arts & Crafts and more!  LEGO® + S'More Fun + $475. 

AM options are listed below:

Basketball – (Grades 2-9)  Available all weeks.  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.  Basketball + LEGO® = $620.

Field Hockey - (Grades 4-8)  Available 8/13-8/17.  The camp will concentrate on stick skills, passing, receiving, scoring, ball movement, defense, field positioning, and games.  Field Hockey + LEGO® = $600.

Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6)  Available all weeks.  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!  Handwork + LEGO® =  $675.

Soccer – (Grades K-8)  Available all weeks.  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.  Soccer + LEGO® = $620.

Tennis – (Grades 1-12)  Available all weeks.  Tennis campers will learn new skills as they rotate through a variety of drills as they progress towards playing single and double matches.  Tennis + LEGO® = $620.


Program Descriptions

Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials (Grades K – 1)
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.

Mine, Craft, Build, Adventure Game (Grades K – 1)
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! 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 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® materials.

Mine, Craft, Build, Survival Game (Grades 2 – 5)
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! 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 Play-Well Minecraft experience using LEGO® materials 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® 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 2 – 5) (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 Challenge with LEGO® Materials (Grades 2 – 5)
Gear 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: Forklifts, Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, and the London Tower Bridge. 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 – 1) (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.

Super Hero Master Engineering with LEGO® Materials (Grades 2 – 5) (NEW!)
Super Heroes need your help to defeat the destructive forces of evil arch-villains as they threaten LEGOpolis! Explore the tools and techniques of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but super engineers. An engineering curriculum designed by Play-Well challenges heroes to design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.

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

8:45am – 9:00am    Drop-Off
9:00am – 9:15am    Morning Meeting 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 Grades 2-5

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