Last month, my kids and a group of their pals (ages 7-11) had a blast playing mechanical engineers with the most engaging, patient and friendly instructor from Play-Well TEKnologies in the comfort of our own home.
“Kids are natural engineers. We help them realize it.”
That’s Play-Well’s motto, and I believe it. I watched with awe as my 10-year-old son (who’d never been much into LEGO® building), my 8-year-old daughter (who’d only liked the LEGO® Friends sets geared towards girls), and a dozen other boys and girls were totally (and quietly!) engrossed for a straight hour and a half — learning about, building and testing motorized LEGO® gear cars.
The workshop was smooth sailing from start to end. First, our instructor Michael explained what engineers are and what they do, what the kids would be creating and testing out that day, and what they must do in order for everyone to have fun – be courteous, collaborate with one another, and clean everything up together afterwards (which they did just beautifully. Thanks, Play-Well!)
To get our young engineers going, Michael taught them how gears work, why they’re needed in cars, and why they must mesh to function properly. And then…the kids were off — scrambling to find matching wheels and various creative design pieces, mounting their motors and gears, and finally, driving their motorized LEGO® vehicles.
Of course, the kids’ main objectives were to customize their cars to look as “cool” as possible, run as smoothly as possible and, for the boys especially, battle as long as possible.
Thank you again, Play-Well TEKnologies! It was a great time for all. I don’t think the kids even realized the workshop was an educational “play date” of sorts – where they learned some fundamental principles of engineering and physics just by playing!
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Pssst. Even if you’re not in So Cal but are interested in hosting a LEGO-inspired engineering class or party, visit Play-Well TEKnology’s website to find out how. Play-Well TEK is in 25 states and 2000 locations across the country.