Team Building Through Play

Back in 2009, a corporation asked us if we could provide them a fun team building event using LEGO® materials.  Well, our organization had been playing with LEGO® bricks since 1997, so we thought, why not give it a try.  Approximately 8 years later, we have now run team building events for Fortune 500 companies, around the country, such as Google, Microsoft, VISA, Pixar, and Clorox.  Check out some of what we have done below:

Check out some of the events we have run below:

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We ran a team building event recently for Google’s Global Food Program Team. Here is what they accomplished: https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/google-team-is-connecting-over-lego/

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We participated in one of Medtronic’s retreats and had them building with LEGO at a winery. https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/medtronic-plays/

Clorox visited Play-Well Pleasanton and created a Rube Goldberg LEGO project that used it’s own products.

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We ran a team building event for 100 B.O.S.S. Staffers.  Here is an article describing that day: http://bit.ly/BOSSPlay-WellTeamBuildingDay

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MarkWest Energy in Colorado held their annual retreat for their engineering staff and we provided them some creative, collaborative challenges with LEGO. https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/team-building-with-mark-west/

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An NCAA college basketball coach had us create a LEGO basketball challenge for their team before the start of the season: https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/college-basketball-team-plays-well-with-lego/

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Amazon asked us to create a LEGO building contest for their team of engineers. Here is what they produced: https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/amazon-slo-lego-building-competition-with-engineers/

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We brought millennial students and working professionals together to learn about each other, how they work, and what is important to them all through LEGO. https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/millennials-professionals-collaborate-with-lego/

Click HERE for more information about our Play-Well Team Building Events or you can complete our Team Building Interest Form HERE.

Google & Play-Well Connecting Over LEGO

We recently ran a Play-Well Team Building Event for Google’s Global Food Program Team.  The goals were to inspire creativity, collaboration, all while solving problems in a fun way.  And of course, we used LEGO to do this.  Check out some of the LEGO challenges they got to do.

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The team dove fully into the project, sometimes even standing on tables in order to accomplish their goal.

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We hope that will stay up there.

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Staff took a lot of joy in trying to knock each other’s LEGO Towers down.

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This LEGO tower was left standing though.

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Now on to the more complex LEGO build.

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One of the challenges is to figure out how to get many different contraptions to work all at a uniform rate.

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Attendees used everything at their disposal to help solve a complex LEGO build.

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Even choosing to build on the floor if necessary.

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One of the managers overseeing his staff’s work. He was quite impressed.

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Now they have figured out what they need to do and are building fast.

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We even had time for LEGO car races.

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And the competition was fierce.

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Some staff even left the build to watch the LEGO races.

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Back in the room, the large build is moving quickly.

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Once that task was done, it was time for the creative LEGO builds.

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Many different ideas were coming into play.

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This build included a pirate theme and a flag.

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This group incorporated flowers, twigs, and a wine cork into their LEGO contraption.

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This team was quite proud of their LEGO creation.

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Overall, people were having a great time.

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In the end, we had a debrief about the build and the day.

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Many people had built some impressive LEGO creations in such a short span of time.

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We reviewed some of the lessons we learned that day about the team. Overall, a really great group that worked extremely well together.

If you’d like us to provide a team building event for your organization, simply complete our team building interest form HERE.  For more information about our Play-Well Team Building events, click HERE.

TedX Attendees Playing Well in Colorado

At Tedx Mile High #IdeasAtPlay Conference, we created a play activation zone using LEGO for attendees.  Here is what we came up with.

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Attendees were excited to participate in our LEGO Battle Track Jousting Competition.

 

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TedXMileHigh Attendees got to build with over 20,000 pieces of LEGO.

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This is what they named our zone.

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We built a working LEGO Ferris Wheel for the event.

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And added a working LEGO conveyor belt and Nepalese LEGO Pagoda.

Let us know if you’d like us to add a LEGO play activation zone for your next conference or special event.  To request more details, complete our special request form here.

To see our other large scale LEGO build events, click here.  

Check Out The Largest SF Giants LEGO Logo Ever Built At AT&T Park

On Saturday, November 7th at the Bay Area Science Festival, we helped families build the largest SF Giants LEGO Logo Ever Built at AT&T Park…that we are aware of.  The SF Giants LEGO Logo was 7.5 Ft tall and made up of over 11,000 LEGO Bricks.  It took approximately 6.5 hours to build and over 400 families participated in the build.  Check out some of the pictures and video of the build below.

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You can see the beginning of the sign in the bottom right hand corner. We started at 9:30 AM.

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People were quite excited to visit our booth, as they got to play with LEGO motorized projects, as well as build the SF Giants LEGO Sign.

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We have started to make progress, but we got a long way to go.

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Even the President of Play-Well came out to help, as we knew over 18,000 people would show up for the Bay Area Science Festival. Great turnout!

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Some of the San Francisco Giants employees even came out to build. We asked each of them if they had ever seen a SF Giants LEGO sign that big before, and they all said they had not.

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Even The Special from the LEGO movie was welcome families to our booth. Play-Well, Everything is Awesome, and Love are the messages on this conveyor belt.

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Steady progress is being made. Time to start stepping on stools.

 

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A lot more progress has been made, especially around the bottom. This kids can build fast.

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We are making sure to get every nook and cranny. No space will be missed.

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This father put both of his sons on his shoulders in order to finish the middle of the sign.

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When you can’t reach, time to get on the shoulders. This became more of a common practice after awhile.

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A larger and larger crowd build around the Giants LEGO logo throughout the day.

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Many a Giants fan came out to help out.

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We are close to finishing the S and F in the LEGO sign.

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Even the little ones helped out way up top.

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Not sure what we love more. The child at the very top or that awesome SF Giants jacket.

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We were very excited that we could be part of one of the first ever STEAM Carnivals.

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We had Play-Well staff help out with the last part of the sign, as it was too tall at that point for many kids to reach.

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Crowds came for the sign, but stayed to play with many of our LEGO Engineering Motorized projects.

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Even a 2 year old can make a different in helping us to finish this SF Giants LEGO Logo.

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Even some Junior Giants came out to help us build this SF Giants LEGO Logo.

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So close to being finished.

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Final touches.

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It’s finally complete. Over 11,000 LEGO Bricks and build in just over 6.5 hours.

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We think it came out great.

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Over 400 families helped us add a few pieces each to this SF Giants LEGO logo.

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We could not have accomplished this or even had the opportunity to make this without the support of the Bay Area Science Festival. Thanks for having us and being open to the idea.

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We hope every family appreciated being a part of this huge LEGO build. We hope to do it again soon.

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Here is the Play-Well crew that helped make this a reality. Great job!

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The SF Giants LEGO Logo is currently being displayed at our engineering educational center, Play-Well Marin.

Help Us Build a 7.5 Ft. San Francisco Giants LEGO Logo at AT&T Park

On Saturday, November 7th from 10 AM – 4 PM, AT&T Park will be hosting the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest science education festival in the Bay Area.

On AT&T Field that day, we will be attempting to build a 7.5 Ft. San Francisco Giants LEGO Logo.  Here is the outline of the Giants LEGO Logo.  For scale, we have placed a 3 Ft. ruler next to the sign.  We need your help in order to complete it by the end of the science festival.  By helping us build, you can say one day that you were on the field of the SF Giants building a gigantic, LEGO Giants Logo.

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In addition to helping us build this awesome, SF Giants LEGO sign, there are so many amazing science exhibits at the Bay Area Science Festival.  Here are some details directly from the Bay Area Science Website:

There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.”

Hope to see you there!

Dropbox Plays With LEGO on Treasure Island

On Saturday October 3rd,  2015 Play-Well participated in Dropbox’s Family Fun Day on Treasure Island in the Bay Area of California.

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Dropbox in LEGO.

 

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Even the paramedics got into the action of playing with LEGO.

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Much of the Dropbox staff loved playing with LEGO.


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If you are interested in more information about our Take Your Kid To Work Days,  simply complete our Special Event Request Form.  You can also find out about our other Special Events here.

Press Release: Building Spinal Cords out of LEGO with Stanford University Neuroscientists

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WHAT: Palo Alto families will build LEGO human spinal cords in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record! By building these spinal cords with the Stanford University Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies, we are raising awareness about STEM education and connecting the Palo Alto community to the research being done at Stanford University.

Over 400 parents and kids from Palo Alto will be participating in this event with the help of at least 12 Stanford Neuroscientists and 10 Play-Well Engineering Instructors.

WHEN: December 5th, 9 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: Stanford Brain Development Project Laboratory (1070 Arastradero Road Suite 220 Palo Alto, Ca, 94304)

When we first began this collaboration we never dreamed that we would receive such an enthusiastic response from the surrounding community.  Within the first two weeks, over 1,200 people signed up to build spinal cords with us!  The event grew so large that we decided to postpone it to this Saturday, December 5th in order to accommodate more families. It’s clear that families are very excited to build human spinal cords out of LEGO and to learn more about the brain research currently happening at Stanford. This event is a rare opportunity for children who love science to interact and learn from real-life Stanford Neuroscientists.

Stanford University’s Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies are extremely excited to collaborate on this unique, free, community event for families to explore the brain through play!

With a visible decline in students pursuing STEM careers around the country and the disconnect between the universities and the communities they serve, this Spinal Cord LEGO build is an opportunity to bridge that gap, as well as provide an opportunity for kids to experience the exciting parts of science.  Families will actively learn through the colorful magic of LEGO while addressing questions about a part of the body that remains a mystery to most people: The Brain.

In addition to building LEGO Spinal Cords, families will also have the chance to be a part of history, as we attempt to set a Guinness World Record for building the largest gathering of LEGO Spinal Cords! Will we be able to set the world record? We are certainly going to try!

Play-Well hosted an event last fall where we broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest LEGO Chain. We are hoping for another win!

Play-Well hosted an event last Fall where they broke the World Record for the Longest LEGO Chain! Here’s a video of the event below. We are hoping to set another world record on Saturday December 5th, 2015!

For more information about the Stanford University LEGO Spinal Cord Event, please contact Amanda Martino at 408-679-4187 or at amanda.j.martino@gmail.com.

About Stanford University’s Brain Development Project Lab 

The Stanford Brain Development Project Lab is a research lab out of Stanford’s Psychiatry Department that is focused on how the brain processes, learns, and retains skills such as speech, language, social, memory, and mathematics. They have a special interest in obtaining a better understanding of how this occurs in children on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities as well as those who are typically developing. For more information, visit braindevelopment.stanford.edu.

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.

 

Have a Play-Well Brews N’ Bricks Event At Your Company Happy Hour or Local Bar

 

If you enjoy fun, quirky events at your company’s happy hour, local bar, or co-working spot, you might want to look into having a Brews & Bricks event at your pub.  Your patrons get an opportunity to play with LEGO, participate in some LEGO games, all while having a nice beverage.  Recently, Rock Bottom Brewery welcomed Play-Well staff to test out this concept at their Bar in Denver, Colorado.

Attendees got to build jousting LEGO monorail vehicles and participate in a LEGO Engineering Battling Tournament called Battletracks.

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Two attendees hard at work on their jousting monorail project.

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The building has picked up momentum as the clock is ticking before the tournament starts.

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Some teams chose to collaborate with each other and form alliances.

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The place was packed with enthusiastic, LEGO builders.

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Some teams built for strength, while others built for beauty and strength.

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Let the battling begin.

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There was, of course, a little trash talking between matches.

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Gathering before the final two battles.

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The final battle commences.

Here is another LEGO Battletracks Tournament we held in Chicago.

If you’d like us to host a Brews & Bricks Event at your local bar, simply complete our Special Events Request Form HERE.  Check out our other Play-Well LEGO Special Events HERE.

 

Play-Well’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Time for our annual Play-Well Halloween Contest.  Each year, we are amazed by the creativity of some of the Halloween costumes that we see from our students and their parents.  Check out this costume submitted by a parent last year.

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This year, we wanted to celebrate that creativity by having a Halloween Costume Contest.  Post your Halloween costume on our Twitter Page, Facebook Page, tag us on Instagram, or email it to jeff@play-well.org, and you could possibly win a Play-Well Halloween LEGO Bow Tie or LEGO Force Awakens Set.

 

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This is how we play well on Halloween!

One of our Play-Well Staff created this elaborate setup to give kids candy for Halloween.

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Have a safe, fun, candy-filled Halloween!

 

Build A Human Spinal Cord Out Of LEGO With Stanford University Neuroscientists

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On December 5th, you have the opportunity to build a human spinal cord out of LEGO at Stanford’s Brain Development Project Lab for FREE!

Play-Well TEKnologies and The Stanford Brain Development Project are collaborating on project to teach kids about the human anatomy, specifically the spinal cord, all while getting them interested in the sciences and other STEM related fields.

Come play, build, and learn about the spinal cord and it’s connection with the brain from real-life Neuroscientists! Stanford University Neuroscientists will be on hand to answer any questions you have about your brain and how it works!

Date: December 5th, 9 AM – 5 PM

Time: 3 Sessions, 9 AM – 11 AM, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM  – 4:30 PM

Location: Stanford Brain Development Project Laboratory (1070 Arastradero Road Suite 220 Palo Alto, Ca, 94304)

Cost: FREE

What is even more exciting is we may set a World Record for the most LEGO spinal cords ever made.

For more information and to sign up, click this link below:

Build The Human Spinal Cord out of LEGO at Stanford University

If the event is already sold out, we recommend signing up to our wait list, as we will see about accommodating more people into a session if there is demand.
If you know anyone else that loves LEGO and would like to learn more about the human brain from real neuroscientists, please share this event with them.  Hope to see you there!
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LEGO Spinal Cord Prototype