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Building The World’s Longest LEGO Bridge in Tempe

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On Saturday, March 19th, Play-Well TEKnologies and the City of Tempe will collaborate with families in the community to build a replica of the Tempe Old Mill Avenue Bridge out of LEGO.

We are hoping to build a 200-Foot Long LEGO bridge and we will need your help in order to do it. Come learn about various types of bridge architecture, play with LEGO, and be a part of one of the longest LEGO bridges ever made in the state of Arizona, maybe even the country. The best part about it is the event is free.

There are two separate time slots to register:

  • 10 AM – 12 PM
  •  12 PM – 2 PM

Click HERE To Register!

Feel free to share this with family and friends. Be sure to sign up fast though, as we only have so many slots available.

Play-Well has broken a World Record in the past for the World’s Longest LEGO Chain. Check out the video below.

 

 


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Make-A-Wish, 49ers, & Play-Well

As part of Super Bowl 50 week, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area provided 14 Make-A-Wish kids the opportunity to meet some San Francisco 49ers players and get to play with LEGO.  The event was sponsored by SAP.

We were lucky enough to be a part of this awesome event. We created Super Bowl themed LEGO projects, such as a catapult goalposts and Battletracks that simulate tackling. Thanks for having us Make-A-Wish. Hope the kids had a great time.

 


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Super Bowl 50: LEGO Bow Tie Competition

Winners Announced! 

A big congrats to the winners of our Super Bowl 50 Bow Tie Competition! Thanks for playing!

For the Carolina PanthersAarthi Natarajan

For the Denver BroncosEric J Carpio & Travis Archuleta

Bank of America stadium Charlotte. Love that Santa is on the field!

Bank of America stadium Charlotte. Love that Santa is on the field. This was constructed by Aarthi Natarajan’s 6 year old son.

 

Broncos Pride!

Broncos Pride from Eric J Carpio.

Nice Broncos logo from Travis Archuleta‎!

Nice Broncos logo from Travis Archuleta‎!

Hi Panthers and Broncos Fans!

In honor of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos making it to Super Bowl 50, we are giving away LEGO Bow Ties to 2 fans of each team as part of our Super Bowl LEGO Bow Tie Contest!  If you win, you will be one of the few fans in the country that has a LEGO Bow Tie of your team.

Check out these amazing Bow Ties!

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos

V.S.

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

How can you win your own Panthers or Broncos LEGO bow tie?

Here is how to participate:

  1. Like Our Play-Well Facebook Page.
  2. Post a picture showing how much you love your team using LEGO on our Play-Well Facebook Page .
    • Don’t have a Facebook Page? No problem.  Just email your photo to jessi@play-well.org and we will post it.

Here are examples of what you could build:

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A Broncos stadium!

This is a rad Broncos stadium made by architect, Craig Krawczyk.

Woah, now this is incredible!

Woah, now this is an incredible piece done by master builder, Erik Varszegi. http://pnth.rs/RfaGEZ

 

These are fantastic examples from some very talented builders and we hope they spark your creative genius! Show us what you’ve got and represent your team! You might just win yourself a snazzy LEGO bowtie to wear while you celebrate! We’ll announce our winners next Monday, February 8th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How We Are Engaging Girls In Engineering

A few years ago, we had a dilemma we needed to solve. How do we get more girls interested in engineering and STEM related fields?

So we came up with the Girl-Powered Engineering program. Hear the stories of two young engineers who participated in this program.

For more information about Play-Well TEKnologies, visit play-well.org.


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Tower of Power: Play-Well’s 1st Build Challenge

We had a ton of fantastic submissions for the #TowerofPower Build Challenge! We couldn’t pick just one winner so we’ve decided to choose four lucky contestants! Congrats to the winners and a BIG thank you to everyone that participated.

Want to know our next challenge?! It’s time for some friendly Super Bowl competition! Find out more here and maybe you’ll win a special LEGO bowtie in the colors of your team!

 

Our winners for Tower of Power are:

 

Sasha Horst 

Love those shocked faces!

Love those shocked faces!

Austin J. Auriemma
Good work class!

Good work class!

Sir. Devin Scooter Hall 

Woah. That's a lot of building and LEGO!!

Woah. That’s a lot of building and LEGO!!

 
Zeb Howell
Excellent use of stairs!

Excellent use of stairs!

 

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Can you build a LEGO tower? How about a gigantic, colorful, creative one? For the week of January 20th-January 27th we are challenging you to build your biggest and best LEGO tower. Then post a photo of your creation here or on social media! We’ll choose one winner who will receive one of our custom LEGO bow ties! Good Luck!

 

LEGO Bow Tie Guy

Win a LEGO Bow Tie!

You choose the color!

You choose the color!

 


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Play-Well Hawaii Brings More LEGO-Fun to Ohana

Aloha Play-Well Ohana,

The last few weeks of 2015 were a very exciting time for Play-Well and our students.  Shortly after expanding to Oahu, we ran our first ever winter intercession camps at the Mililani YMCA and Bishop Museum with Kama’aina Kids.  The excited students in our “STEM Design using LEGO” program were thrilled to expand their knowledge of engineering, architecture and design with a familiar and fun medium.  In each of these camps, these “Master Builder’s in Training” constructed projects such as motorized gear cars, mechanized walking robots, 10 foot tall skyscrapers and one of Play-Well’s signature projects, the Battle Track.

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With a more than positive response from the students, staff and parents alike, we are thrilled to branch out to the islands and bring more programs to more eager students.  As 2016 commences, Play-Well will be offering three after school enrichment camps, one at St. Francis School, another at Aina Haina Elementary and another at The Mililani YMCA.  Please follow the links below if you are interested in any of the classes, Aina Haina will be starting on January 25, The Mililani YMCA on February 3 and St. Francis on February 4.  If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to the Oahu Assistant Area Manager, Wrenn Okada at wrenn@play-well.org or 808-221-4870.
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Click HERE to Register for Aina Haina Elementary’s Class (Mondays)
Click HERE to Register for The Mililani YMCA Class (Wednesdays)
Click HERE to Register for St. Francis’ Class (Thursdays)
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We hope to see you in our future programs!


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Peabody Charter School and Play Well Team Up to Raise Funds

 

Building for a cause!

On Sunday January 9th Play-Well TEKnologies partnered up with Peabody Charter School in Santa Barbara to help raise money for their PTO, which provides wonderful activities for the school’s population. The goal for the event was to build the tallest LEGO skyscraper possible in 2 hours. With 30 students and their parents in attendance to help we were able to build a skyscraper that was about 11ft tall and used a variety of different sized LEGO bricks to achieve.
Look at that sky scraper!

Look at that sky scraper!

 

After the skyscraper was completed students were allowed to add additional structures and their own personal creative touches to area surrounding the skyscraper. Some of these structures included a park, a rocket ship, houses, a Minecraft portal and much more. Peabody is one of our many location we hold our after school enrichment programs at currently in Santa Barbara California.
Woah! It's so tall!

Woah! It’s so tall!

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