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Play-Well Adventure at Adobe

We were lucky enough to participate again in Adobe’s Bring Your Kids To Work Day at their Utah office.  There were dinosaurs, Hula dancers, gliders, and of course LEGO.  Hopefully, we were able to inspire some future   Check out what we were able to make here:

Future Adobe Campus in LEGO. #adobelife #adobeideas #adobe #playwell

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Our booth is ready for people. We usually refer to the name though as LEGO.

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Even a dinosaur had to stop by our booth at one point to check out what was happening.

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Our jousting battles were in full swing. Some kids had returned from last year just to participate.

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We made the Adobe logo out of LEGO. 3 ft. by 3 ft. We used it as the starting point for our Adobe campus.

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One of our first additions to the Adobe Campus.

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The campus is coming along. People keep adding their office to the mix.

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Of course we were also racing cars.

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The campus is nearly complete.


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We Helped The Glide Community Build a 7.5 LEGO Logo

On Sunday, July 12th, we helped GLIDE and families in the Tenderloin neighborhood build a 7.5 LEGO Heart of their Glide logo for Sunday Streets.  A huge reason we were able to build so much of the sign was because of the awesome volunteers from Twitter For Good.  Thanks to everyone that helped make this idea become a reality. Check out some of the pictures from the event below:

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We began the sign at 11 AM and we only had until 3:30 PM to complete it. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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Kids from all around the tenderloin community came to help. Some simply got off their bicycles to help. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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By 12 PM, we had much of the lettering done and the complete bottom done. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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Here is the awesome designer of the sign, Marco, and Leah, one of the awesome volunteers from Twitter. Without their help, this would never have been completed. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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Now, the unconditionally part of the sign needed to be built. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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We are getting closer. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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This was one of our phenomenal helpers. She was able to do a lot of the hard part of build, filling in the letters with LEGO. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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One interesting challenge of making a sign like this is that pressure is applied to both sides of the sign, so it is much harder to get LEGO into the middle. She was able to do it with some friends. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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Almost there. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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We even needed a few step stools to get those last pieces up at the top. (Picture Source: Adejire Bademosi from Twitter)

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We did it! (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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The heart will be displayed at freedom hall at Glide Memorial Church. (Picture Source: Dori Caminong)

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Let’s just say the Glide staff was excited about it and the entire Sunday Streets event. Thanks for having us! (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

Thanks again for having us Glide!  If you’d like to do a special LEGO event in your area, click HERE for details.


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Press Advisory: Glide & Play-Well Are Building An 8 Ft LEGO Heart

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WHAT: GLIDE & Play-Well Are Building An 8 Ft LEGO Heart

WHEN: Sunday, July 12th, 11 AM – 3:30 PM

WHERE: In front of GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center, Ellis Street between Jones and Leavenworth Streets                        

This Sunday, July 12th, GLIDE and Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating together to build an 8 Ft LEGO Heart for Sunday Streets.  It will be one of the largest LEGO hearts ever built by families in the United States.

“Sunday Streets is a time to celebrate the vibrant, colorful and culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood where so many families and children call home,” added Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE Founding President of GLIDE.   The LEGO Heart represents the unconditional love and acceptance that embodies Glide Church.

For more information about the Glide/Play-Well LEGO Heart Build, please contact Dori Caminong, Manager – Special Events, Civic and Social Innovation at 415-674-6001 or at dcaminong@glide.org.

About Play-Well TEKnologies

For the past 15 years, Play-Well TEKnologies has taught over 500,000 kids about the engineering world using LEGO.  They currently teach over 100,000 students/year across the country with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM fields. For more information about Play-Well, visit www.play-well.org.

Play- Well TEKnologies programs are not authorized, sponsored or endorsed by the LEGO® Group.

About GLIDE

For over 50 years, GLIDE has worked to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and to break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Located in the culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, GLIDE serves a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income and disenfranchised clients, providing a wrap-around array of programs including:  free meals; HIV/HEPC testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance abuse recovery; licensed childcare, after-school and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and psychiatric health care. GLIDE has founded and sustained visionary programming, and achieved tangible results for tens of thousands of individuals and families on the margins, all once thought to be beyond the possible. Please visit us at www.glide.org.


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Medtronic Plays

One of Medtronic Departments were having their annual retreat and decided to have our Play-Well Team Building with LEGO workshop as part of the event.  The projects created tried to mimic some of the challenges of the constantly evolving and competitive medical industry.

Here is what they had to say about the Play-Well Team Building workshop.

“It was fun and at the same time our specific requests to build team work in certain ways were met as well.”

“I liked the playful nature of it and the clear flexibility of the facilitators.”

“It was fun! It also brought out aspects of people’s personalities I had not seen before. We got to work closely with some functions we don’t interact with except occasionally.”

“Fun way to learn big things about leadership and team dynamics.”

Check out some of what they did here:

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Collaboration already starting to happen.

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Some people were even getting on the table to build.

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Finding a role for each person in the group was essential for the success of this team.

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There were some moments when it got pretty difficult.

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Of course, there was some racing involved.

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And some sportsmanship before the race.

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Getting close to getting the device to work.

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Constantly having to adapt with new priorities placed in front of them.

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One of the projects is completed and being transferred.

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Time to connect them all.

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Testing it out.

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Slight adjustments need to be made after a few minor failures.

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They think they got it.

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Success. A job well done!

Great group of people to work with and overall a great team.  Thanks for having us Medtronic!

 


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Play-Well’s Summer LEGO Build & Tell

During the summer, we always encourage our students to continue to build, play, and learn about the engineering world through LEGO.  So, we are conducting a fun summer project that kids and parents can participate in called Play-Well’s Summer LEGO Build & Tell.

It’s easy for anyone to participate.  Here’s how:

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1. Kids build a project, either something they learned to build at a Play-Well camp or a contraption that they have been inspired to build from their own creativity.

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2. Parents, make a short video of your child talking about their creation and any engineering or architecture concepts that have been incorporated into the project.  The video should not be more than 90 seconds.

3. Post your video on YouTube, vimeo, or your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page.

4. Submit the video link to our Play-Well Facebook, Twitter, Instagram page or email it to jeff@play-well.org.

5. Celebrate!  You are done!

Here are the prizes:

  • The first 30 submissions will receive a Play-Well LEGO Minifigure.
  • qqGYlp1 - Imgur10 submissions (selected at random) will receive a Play-Well LEGO Bow Tie.
Kid President LEGO Bow Tie

Kid President received one of our Play-Well LEGO Bow Ties and wore it recently at the Jefferson Awards: https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/kid-president-wore-our-lego-bow-tie-to-the-jefferson-awards/

  • 2 submissions (selected at random) will receive a complimentary Play-Well Engineering Fundamentals Mine, Craft, Build LEGO Workshop for their child and their friends.  It has become one of our most popular new programs.

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All families that participate in this project can also be part of our Play-Well LEGO Build & Tell  compilation video, if interested.

The prizes are fun to receive, but in the end, the main goal of this project is to get kids to build more and realize what they are learning while building.  We believe that children learn a great deal through play and we hope to foster this type of learning through our summer camps, as well as at home.  If you have additional questions about the project, simply email jeff@play-well.org.

Also, check out our Summer Engineering with LEGO Camps happening near you.


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Kid President Wore Our LEGO Bow Tie To The Jefferson Awards!

We recently gave Kid President and his co-creator of their awesome videos, Brad Montague, two of our Play-Well LEGO Bow Ties.  We found out that they wore them to the Jefferson Awards.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18:  Robby Novak (L) and Brad Montague, co-creators of Kid President appear at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 43rd Annual National Ceremony on June 18, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 18: Robby Novak (L) and Brad Montague, co-creators of Kid President appear at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 43rd Annual National Ceremony on June 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation)

Article: http://entertainthis.usatoday.com/2015/06/19/kid-president-is-just-a-normal-kid-who-makes-amazing-videos/

We found out via twitter.

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We agree, they do look snazzy.

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