PlayWell gave us an afternoon of FUN with a LEGO-inspired engineering party. Designed for kids ages 5 – 14, we took advantage of the age range, inviting both boys and girl friends that were 9-, 10-, and 12- years old to join my daughters who are 12 and 15.
I loved the instructor, how well the class was organized, the trial and error involved in the kids’ projects, the engineering and design concepts learned, and watching them all have SO much fun. Everyone really did have a blast; it was a bit hit!
If you have a LEGO loving, STEM loving kiddo, or even slightly LEGO / STEM interested kid, you’ll want to consider the PlayWell LEGO inspired classes as a birthday party option or just a fun class to do with friends. (They also have summer camps available!)
PlayWell LEGO Engineering Party
First, the kids got time to creative build with the LEGOs in big tubs. (In a minute, we would start our Battle Bot / Battletracks party.)
After the free build time, the instructor, Amy, set the ground rules with the group.
She then gave the group an interactive lesson on the purpose and design of the Battle Bots, our project for the day. The purpose: to knock off the other robot. The design: consider the purpose, offense, and defense.
She demonstrated step-by-step how to build the frame, add axels, a plate, the motor, gears, and leads to the power source.
Then the kids got started building!
Every child focused intently on building.
Talk about thinking creatively.
As they worked, the kids considered how to design the best offense and defense.
Soon, it was time to make sure they the bot connected correctly so it would work on the tracks.
And then the first battles began!
The massive monster bot above seemed like it would crush everyone. Let’s see what happened.
It did. It crushed the other bot.
Time to make improvements.
Kids changed their designs to make their bots even better.
Then, back to the battles!
The battles got the kids thinking about their bot designs in very specific ways. How could they win? What else could they add to make their robot more indestructible?
The PlayWell party wrapped up with a fantastic discussion and sharing time. Kids reflected on their difficulties and what went well.
Can you believe what a blast? And learning. So much learning.
The kids loved this party. So did I.
And, if you’re wondering, we don’t have an empty room for play. I wish. I just moved the dining room table and chairs out of the room. 🙂
Disclosure: PlayWell gave this class to me complimentary. My opinions are entirely my own.
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