2015 – 2016
After School Engineering
Bricks 4 Kidz
(See our Jr Robotics Classes below)
We learn, build and play with LEGO bricks!
We teach principles of engineering using LEGO bricks, motors, and remote controls using our proprietary model plans designed by engineers and architects. Each four-week session will be a mix of science and engineering, as kids build models that demonstrate the concepts learned. They then are challenged to think out of the box to problem solve and modify, the models that they build as they are given a fun and engaging model engineering challenge to solve each week. Each 4 week session will provide a new experience for your child. As students progress through our program, students are recognized with awards for successfully completing challenges within the class. Once students successfully complete various class objectives, they are awarded a certificate for each level of completion as they progress through our program. Although, we encourage taking classes successively, it is not required, you may enroll your child for one class, 3 classes or as we recommend, stay in the program on a continual basis.
CURRENT CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
2015 - 2016 Bricks 4 Kidz Class Themes
Sept 2015 – May 2016 Grades 1-5
Fall Classes – 2015
Sept/Oct: A Pirates Quest: Shiver me timbers as we explore the popular culture behind the life of the pirate, build a motorized pirate ship, a helm and an anchor as we batten down the hatches and prepare for some fun, building all things Pirate, with LEGO bricks and battery packs!
Oct/Nov: Air-Land Express: Take to the sky! Set sail on the water! Build your own air show in our Bricks 4 Kidz Air-Land Express class. Using LEGO bricks, batteries and motors, kids build helicopter models, sail boats and more! They will have lots of fun as they learn what makes each machine unique and how it moves, exploring concepts such as buoyancy, propulsion, lift and g-forces, all while building models made from LEGO bricks!
Nov/Dec: Wild Weather Fun: Fasten your seatbelts; we’re in for some wild weather! Kids learn about amazing and powerful forces of nature, by building weather models using LEGO bricks! As students explore the when, where, how and why of all kinds of natural phenomenon, they will have tons of fun building these wild weather moving LEGO models!
Jan/Feb: Winter fun with remote controls: Don’t get left out in the cold! Bring the winter fun indoors with interactive Bricks 4 Kidz models of popular winter vehicles, and add remote controls to some. No snow? No problem – all you need to create these winter memories are our bricks and your imagination
Feb/Mar: Cranium Contraptions: Their wild, their wacky, their fun! Join us as we build cool amazing contraptions using LEGO bricks, battery and motors, that work! You don’t want to miss this engaging class where every model does something really cool!!! Come join us for the fun as we build some weird wacky machines!
Mar/Apr: It’s a Bugs Life : Explore the fascinating science of living things and build engaging models of creatures from caterpillars to butterflies. Students will explore topics such as, the amazing life cycle of a butterfly, and investigate the Venus Fly Trap — a plant that eats bugs! If you love creatures, this is the class for you!
Apri/May: Where’s the Power: Energy is essential to almost everything we do, from the lights in our homes and classrooms to the gasoline that fuels our cars. Students explore many sources of energy from wind and solar power to biofuel and fossil fuel. Students learn all about the world of energy in all its amazing forms, as students investigate “Where’s the Power?” within the models that they build with LEGO bricks, batteries and motors.
Jr. Robotics Class Classes 101 -107: This class focuses on beginning robotics, using computers and programming software to program the models built using LEGO® bricks, with drag and drop programming software. There are a total of 7 classes that are 4 weeks in length. Students will focus on an engineering principle, and then be challenged with a team project where they design, create and build a robotic model based on previous class learning and objectives. Each class session is unique, and is NOT a repeat from any classes during the year. Once Students have completed classes 101 through 107, they will recieve a Jr Robotics Completion Certificate and other awards. This class will be available in Forest Hills, East Grand Rapids, and Kentwood Districts only for grades 3rd through 6th.