Play-Well LEGO-Inspired Engineering Programs at West Denver Elementaries This Summer

Outreach Denver

Play-Well Outreach, the non-profit arm of Play-Well TEKnologies, in partnership with City and County of Denver Office of Children’s Affairs, is providing Lego Engineering Summer Programs at CMS School, Fairview Elementary, and Goldrick Elementary.  The goal is to provide students that otherwise would not be able to afford to have camp during the summer to have the opportunity to learn about engineering through LEGO this summer. These camps are open to students from all Title 1 Elementary Schools in the Denver area.  Click HERE to see if your school is eligible.

In our week-long Play-Well camps, students will explore creative learning, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving together. Students will build a wide variety of projects such as bridges, motorized cars, and gondolas — project-based learning with lots of LEGO fun! Kids dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building.  They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate.  Check out the video below that explains more about who we are and what our Play-Well is like:

All camps are weeklong programs that run MondayFriday for 3 hours per day. Students will need to be dropped off and picked up from the site school. Students will be asked to complete two brief worksheets throughout the week. Cost for camp is $10 total for the week. Students may only register for 1 week of programming.

Below are the links where parents can go online to register:

(PLEASE BE SURE TO CLICK THE LINK FOR THE CAMP YOU ARE INTERESTED IN)

Mon-Fri, Jun 13th – June 17th st 2016-CMS School
Pre-Engineering Using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Mon-Fri, June 20 – June 24th 2016-CMS School
Pre-Engineering using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Mon-Fri, July 11th – July 15th 2016Fairview Elementary
Pre-Engineering using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Mon-Fri, July 18th – July 22nd 2016– Fairview Elementary
Pre-Engineering using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Mon-Fri, July 25th – July 29th 2016– Goldrick Elementary
Pre-Engineering using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Mon-Fri, Aug 1st – Aug 5th 2016Goldrick Elementary
Pre-Engineering using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Mon-Fri, Aug 8th – Aug 12th 2016Goldrick Elementary
Pre-Engineering using LEGO Students entering grades K-2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO Students entering grades 3rd-6th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Play-Well BrikStix LEGO Summer Giveaway

Play-Well has partnered with BrickStix, an awesome organization that creates reusable decals for LEGO, for one epic giveaway! You could win a LEGO-Inspired Engineering Workshop for your child and their friends from Play-Well as well as $75 worth of BrickStix!  Click on the link below to enter the raffle.  Here are more details.

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Click Here To Enter The Raffle

You can also join the raffle via Facebook HERE.

If you are still looking for a fun summer activity for your child this summer, check out our Play-Well LEGO Inspired Engineering Camps.  You can find a camp near you HERE.

Play-Well Is Now In Las Vegas!

 

We are excited to announce that Play-Well will be offering our LEGO-Inspired Engineering camps for the first time in Las Vegas this summer.  To commemorate this occasion, we will be running two FREE Engineering with LEGO workshops at the West Charleston Public Library on Saturday, June 11th, 2016.

Pre-Engineering with LEGO, Ages 5 – 7, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Engineering Fundamentals with LEGO, Ages 8 – 12, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Click on the Eventbrite links above for more details and to register.  The two best parts about these workshops are that they are free and children get the opportunity to learn about the world of engineering through LEGO.  Here is more information about Play-Well:

This summer, we will be offering our Play-Well Engineering with LEGO camps at West Charleston Public Library the week of July 18th – July 22nd.  Click HERE to find more information about these camps.

Have a great summer!

 

Play-Well Staff Acting Like Themselves at Summer Kick-offs

Before the start of our summer camp season each year, we gather all of our staff in the area for our Summer Kickoff events!  At each of these events, we share lessons learned, stories of class, build a lot of cool LEGO projects, and of course, act ridiculous.  This year we are doing a special photo challenge between all of our kick-offs. Each area is going to create their most ridiculous staff photo from Summer Kickoff.  They can submit multiple if they choose to. Then we will ask Play-Well Families to vote for your favorite one.  Here are the entries so far:

Colorado/Utah/Kansas Staff Photos

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play with us

 

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Play-Well Arizona Staff

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Play-Well Northern California Staff

Play-Well Nor Cal - Marin

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Play-Well Southern California Staff

LA Staff

Play-Well Chicago/Wisconsin Staff

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Play-Well Texas Staff

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Play-Well North Carolina/Georgia Staff

Atlanta:NC Staff

Play-Well Seattle (Picture in Storybook form)

Play-Well Massachusetts Staff

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Play-Well Connecticut Staff

Connecticut Kick-Off

Play-Well New York/New Jersey Staff

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Play-Well Virginia/Maryland/DC Staff

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Which one is your favorite?

Write your favorite in the comment.

May the 4th Be With You Build Challenge

Attention Star Wars fans and LEGO enthusiasts!

Today is a very special day! IT’S STAR WARS DAY! HOORAY! To celebrate we’re hosting a May the 4th Be With You Build Challenge. Show us your best LEGO Star Wars creation and you might win a Star Wars Rey’s Speeder LEGO set!

Show us your best Star Wars build!

Show us your best Star Wars build!

To enter, take a photo of your best Star Wars LEGO build and post it on our social media with the hashtags #maythe4thbuild and #playwell. You have until 8pm EST on Friday May 6th. We’ll announce the winner on Monday May 9th! Whoever has the most EPIC LEGO build will win their very own Rey Speeder kit!

You could win this!

You could win this!

Good luck and May the Force Be With You!

Scout STEM Programs with Play-Well

Over the years we’ve partnered with many girl scout and boy scout groups across the nation. We really enjoy teaming up with the scouts on special events to help them to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. We are always interested in working with new scout troops to teach complex STEM concepts through playing with LEGO. Check out some of our previous collaborations below and fill out a special request form.

In February, Play-Well joined the Livermore Cub Scout Pack 950 at their Blue & Gold Banquet. We created a fun LEGO-inspired workshop for their 35 scouts. The organizer Allie said, “The event went great and I think the kids really enjoyed the workshop.  It is one of the best Blue and Gold we have put on in awhile.  Thanks so much for your help!”

Girl Scout Troop 753 from NE Kansas & NW Missouri earned their engineering badge in January through a Play-Well TEKnologies workshop. The scouts built a bridge together and then each girl created a car to drive over the bridge.

Troop 753 earned their engineering badge with Play-Well!

Troop 753 earned their engineering badge with Play-Well!

Play-Well hosted a workshop in El Cerrito in December that focused on helping boy scouts earn some engineering badges. We had Robotics in addition to the usual motorized LEGO projects.

Last September, we collaborated with the Ventura girl scouts in a build-a-car event. The event taught four different daisy troops about motorized cars and physics.

A Venture girl scout races her robotic car.

A Venture girl scout races her robotic car.

We want to help your pack or troop earn their Engineer Pin or Activity Badge!  By bringing over 20,000 pieces of LEGO we can construct a bridge, build a catapult, and show how electricity. These  hands on activities demonstrate how engineering is a part of everyday life, and is an ever-growing field.

To find out more fill out one of our special request forms and we’ll be in touch shortly.

 

Play-Well at the Rocky Mountain Youth Development Conference

Last week members of our Colorado crew presented a new workshop to 34 youth development staff (mostly Boys & Girls club staff) at the Rocky Mountain Youth Development Conference. The program was called: Celebrate failure when you reach for the sky: Hands-on STEM learning to build resilience.- Play-Well TEKnologies 
 
The program lead participants through a playful building process using LEGO that highlighted the critical role of failing in science, engineering and life. Using a classroom-tested exercises they explored how to intentionally guarantee failure in a non-threatening way to allow youth to develop a positive relationship with failure. They used their building activity to demonstrate how to weave life metaphors and broader lessons into STEM lessons and STEM play.