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Teaching Engineering to Kids


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Palling around at Paypal

Paypal asked us to participate in their Take Your Child To Work Day.  We ran 8 workshops for quite a few future engineers, showing them how the engineering backgrounds of their parents all started with problem solving and playing.  Here are some pictures from the event.

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Arriving at Paypal Headquarters.

 

 

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We built a Paypal LEGO sign just for the event.

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Our workshop is right this way.

 

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Father and son getting ready to participate in their LEGO Engineering Workshop.

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Kids built an amusement park in one of the 8 workshops that we ran.

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Our engineering instructors showing how gears work.

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This kids are excited to see what their project is going to do.

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Proof that you can build any shape with LEGO Bricks.

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We have no idea what exactly this is, but we know it is pretty awesome.

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Our Play-Well Staff is done for the day. Thanks Paypal for having us!

If you’d like us to participate in your organization’s family fun day, let us know (http://bit.ly/Play-WellLEGOSpecialEventRequest). Thanks Paypal for having us!


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Playing In Hacker Square At Facebook Headquarters

We were extremely excited to be a part of Facebook HQ‘s Take Your Child To Work Day. We brought two 5×5 ft Facebook signs made up of 5000 pieces of LEGO each, as well as over 100,000 additional LEGO pieces in order to run some of our crazy LEGO stations for employees and their kids to play in.  Here are some pictures from the event.

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The entrance to Facebook’s take your kids to work day.

 

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We brought two 5×5 foot Facebook Signs made out of over 5000 pieces of LEGO.

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Our staff is ready for all the Facebook families.

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Father and son compete in our Battletrack area.

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The booth is now packed with families.

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Kids are building in our soap box derby challenge area.

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We are building Facebook’s Hacker Square, including Facebook logos.

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Our conveyor belt delivers LEGO to build our LEGO Facebook logo.

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Facebook Hacker Square is complete.

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There even was a LEGO wall.

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We are done for the day. Thanks Facebook for having us!

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Here is one of our Facebook signs we built for the event. Let us know if you’d like us to build your logo out of LEGO.

If you’d like us to participate in your organization’s family fun day, let us know (http://bit.ly/Play-WellLEGOSpecialEventRequest). Thanks Facebook for having us!

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like us to participate in your organization’s family fun day, let us know (http://bit.ly/Play-WellLEGOSpecialEventRequest). Thanks Facebook for having us!


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Female Scholars of Science & Technology with Alice Finch

Femal Scholars with Alice Finch

World-Renowned LEGO Artist, Alice Finch, the creator of the 400,000 piece LEGO Hogwarts introduced students to the many technological advancements contributed by female scientists and engineers today at Play Well Northwest Activity Center. Children learned about these female scholars by experientially building LEGO models of their great inventions. This is Alice Finch’s kick-off event as part of a larger project to introduce a variety of women scholars to kids through a LEGO curation.

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Alice teaching kids about Emily Roebling, the woman who saved the Brooklyn Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Warren_Roebling).

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Students building our cable stay bridge.

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The cable-stay bridge was 6 ft in length. The bridge is complete with spinning diamond satellites.

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Celebration. The bridge is complete.

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Alice Finch displaying her Hogwarts Castle and all the details inside. There is a working slide inside.

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We are now getting ready to build our city, but we first must determine the roles of each city planner. This city has its own garbage area, as well as a forest.

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Teaching kids on how to build a DNA Strand.

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DNA Strand complete.

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How did Steve from Minecraft get in here?

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Now that is a science lab.

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This is a tallest and most complex DNA strand we’ve seen so far.

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Alice Finch answering questions about what it is like being a LEGO Artist.

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Students hard at work.


11 14 Check out some of the pictures from the event here.


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Helping Boulder Public Library Renovate with LEGO

For Boulder Public Library’s Main Library renovation, we ran our Engineering with LEGO workshops and were able to create a 16 ft tall tower to welcome patrons to the new main library.  A little Colorado State pride also made its way to the top of the tower.

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Picture courtesy of Boulder Public Library

If you’d like us to participate in your upcoming event, check out our Play-Well Special Events Page and complete one of our event forms.


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Press Advisory: Female Scholars of Science & Technology with Alice Finch

Femal Scholars with Alice Finch

WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 10 AM – 5:30 PM

WHERE: Play-Well Northwest, 11743 124th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

Rachel Swaby asks her readers, in a recent Wire magazine article called “We Need To Stop Ignoring Women Scientists” can you identify a female scholar of science and technology who has helped to change the world?  For most people, the answer is no.

Play-Well TEKnologies and World-Renowned LEGO Builder Alice Finch, the creator of the 400,000 piece LEGO Hogwarts Castle, are hoping to change that. On Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Alice Finch (with a little help from Play-Well) will introduce students to the many technological advancements contributed by female scientists and engineers.  Alice and Play-Well will do this by having children learn experientially through building LEGO models of these great female scholars’ inventions. This is Alice Finch’s kick-off event as part of a larger project to introduce a variety of women scholars to kids through a LEGO curation.

Why is this such an important issue to address? CNN recently reported that in the U.S., “just one in seven engineers are female, only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women, and women have seen no employment growth in STEM jobs since 2000.” A group of women leaders in STEM fields surveyed by CNN presented these possible solutions to address this issue:

1. Recognize that the the toys and games that young girls play with mold their educational and career interests.

2. Introduce girls early to role models of other women in STEM.

3. Engage girls in STEM and keep them interested.

This workshop addresses all three of these solutions, providing students an opportunity to learn about female science and technology role models in an engaging way using LEGO.  This initial event is a trial to see how much interest there is for this type of learning and subject matter… and if having this event sell out in a few hours in any indication, there is definitely a need for more of this type of education.

For more information about the Female Scholars of Science & Technology event, click here or visit http://bit.ly/FemaleScholarsOfScienceWorkshop.  For specific questions about the event, please contact Claire Stafford at (206) 310-0678 or at claire@play-well.org.

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New LEGO Female Scientist Minifigure by LEGO.

 

 

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