Building Human Spinal Columns out of LEGO with Stanford Neuroscientists

On December 5th, 2016,Stanford University Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies helped families in the Palo Alto community build human spinal columns out of LEGO.  The goal was to raise awareness about STEM education, as well as connect the Palo Alto community to the research being done at Stanford University.  Over 500 parents and kids from Palo Alto participated in the event.  As a group, they attempted to break two Guinness World Records.  One of the tallest LEGO spinal column and one for the most anatomically correct spinal columns.  They ended up building 86 anatomically correct LEGO spinal columns and one spinal column that was 9 Ft. 2 inches.

The San Francisco Chronicle covered the event.  SF Chronicle LEGO Spinal Column Event

Here is the article: Kids Use LEGO At Stanford Project to Learn About Tech Education

Check out video and pictures from the LEGO Spinal Column Event below.

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Play Well Partners with Your Soul’s Movement Center

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On Saturday December 12th Play-Well partnered with a new movement center in Stapleton, Your Soul’s Movement Center, for a LEGO Airplanes workshop.  Channeling the Wright Brothers students built airplanes, runways, and control towers.  Students experienced using motorized lego with motors and battery packs and had the opportunity to make their Airplanes unique, we had some crazy flying machines! Led by Lego Engineers Paul, Jake, and Peter students were divided into age groups and taught the basic components of the airplane as well as what lift, thrust and drag mean.
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It was a snowy day in Denver but there was lots of fun to be had inside the movement center.  We can’t wait to do another workshop with this location again soon!
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Check out more photos from the event and follow Your Souls’ Movement on Facebook!

Aloha! Play-Well Hawaii

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[Photo from Laurene J. on Flickr]

ALOHA!

We are excited to announce that Play Well is expanding to Hawaii! It’s Island time! Our amazing Play-Wellian, Wrenn is adding Hawaii to our list of Play Well states!

We’re kicking off Play-Well Hawaii with a few winter camps in Honolulu!

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Kama’aina Kids is our new partner in Hawaii!

 

We are working with Kama’aina Kids to create a unique camp experience at the Bishop Museum from December 21st-23rd.  Bishop Museum campers will have a 90-minute Play Well engineering class with over 20,000 LEGO pieces.

To sign up for camp at the Bishop Museum click here!

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The YMCA Mililani is also hosting winter intersession Play Well camps! We’re offering our Engineering FUNdamentals class, December 28th-30th from 12:45pm-3:45pm.

To sign up for camp at the YMCA Mililani click here!

If you’d like Play-Well to offer Engineering with LEGO classes at your school, complete our After-School Enrichment Request Form HERE.

If you’d like to have a Play-Well Engineering with LEGO Party, complete our Party Request Form HERE.

If you’d like to get on our special Hawaii only mailing list or have questions about our Hawaii programs, please contact Wrenn Okada at wrenn@play-well.org.

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

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We can’t wait to build, play and learn with you in Hawaii!