Class Descriptions

2014 – 2015

After School Engineering

Class Descriptions

(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.

 

CURRENT CLASS DESCRIPTIONS 

2014 - 2015 Bricks 4 Kidz Class Themes

 Sept 2014 – May 2014 Grades 1-5

Sept /Oct:  Fun with Remote Controls:   Using LEGO(R) bricks, motors, and more, Students will build items that can be controlled with a remote control. This is a very interactive class, with many challenges and fun activities with remote controls. Each day is different building and challenges. (Wayland District starts end of October)

Oct/Nov:  Construction Craze:   Join us for fun as we build with LEGO bricks, motors, and more. Everything construction related like power drills, dump trucks, and more. Kids will use their imaginations as they learn about the importance tools play in the area of construction while building working models. (Wayland District starts end of September)

Nov/Dec:  Famous Inventions They make our life easier! What would life be like if we didn’t have electric mixers? How hard would it be to drive in the rain and snow without windshield wipers? Kids will learn about and build common inventions, and discover what makes them work! Each model is motorized for maximum movement and fascination! Start creating!

Jan/Feb:  Laws Of Motion:  Who says physics is boring? Using LEGO(R) bricks, motors, and more, we will test out some of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of motion with models that illustrate the concepts of inertia, force, mass, acceleration, and the observation that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. What will your reaction be to our Bricks 4 Kidz action-packed after school class? We doubt you’ll “stay at rest” with these challenging projects designed to accelerate the learning with the force of fun!

Feb/Mar:  Space Mission 1:  There’s so much that kids can learn about space.  Using LEGO(R) bricks, motors, and more, kids will enjoy making robots, crawlers, and more as they learn how these different tools help explore space. Let Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond. (This is session 1 of a 2 session course)

Mar/Apr:  Space Mission 2  In this class kids will continue to learn about space as we build different space models than built in Space Mission 1. Using LEGO(R) bricks, motors, and more, kids will enjoy making space stations, orbiters, satellites and more as they learn how these different tools help explore space. Let Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond. (This is session 2 of a 2 session course)

Apr/May:  Gearing Up For Sports  Using LEGO(R) bricks, motors, and more, explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking! This unit is a great way to get “sporty” kids building and get LEGO® fans interested in sports. But the best part for the students is the way the models move and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built.

 

 

Jr. Robotics

Jr. Robotics Class:   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.   Each 4 week session, 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.  This class will be available in Forest Hills, Hudsonville, and Wayland School Districts only for grades 4th and above.