FAQ’s for Educators
The purpose of this page is intended to answer many frequently asked questions by principals, administrators, teachers, after-school coordinators, and PTO’s. Please contact us if further detail is needed.
What is Bricks 4 Kidz®?
Bricks 4 Kidz® is an educational program designed to provide a hands-on atmosphere where children will learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) using LEGO® bricks. Our students will learn about gears, motion, friction and more using Bricks 4 Kidz® proprietary models. A different model will be presented each week with themes such as space, inventions, natural disasters, amusement parks, animals, and more.
Why should Bricks 4 Kidz® come to my school?
Bricks 4 Kidz will be a great addition to your curriculum because:
- Students will explore engineering, architecture, physics, science, math, and technology in a fun atmosphere.
- Students will have the opportunity to play and socialize with friends while learning fundamentals of engineering and architecture in a non-competitive setting.
- Students will have an opportunity for creative expression.
- Students will gain insight into how things work.
- Students will discover that architecture and engineering are viable career choices.
- Students will learn the math and science involved with advanced LEGO® building.
- Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Students will think it’s fun. You’ll know it’s educational.
What does a typical Bricks 4 Kidz® after-school enrichment class entail?
A typical after school class lasts one hour. Children will report to our assigned classroom at dismissal time. As the children arrive they are allowed to play with the LEGO® bricks in an unstructured way and to socialize with friends.
Once everyone has arrived and attendance is taken, students are seated and prepared for the lesson of the day. A short 10 minute interactive lesson is presented relating to the “Model of the Day”. This creates a multi-disciplinary atmosphere in which the children will be exposed to an array of subject matter.
Next, our Project Kits are distributed and the fun begins! The children are given 2 dimensional building instructions and they are to work in pairs to complete the model build. After the model is built according to the directions, the children are allowed to use anything in our Project Kits to modify their build. This time allows them to explore and experiment with how things move and what works structurally.
With about 10 minutes left the children will take apart their models and put them away neatly. If there is any time left before dismissal, children will be allowed to play with regular LEGO® bricks in a creative manner or engage in a group game. Then the teacher will lead the children to the assigned dismissal area and follow protocol set forth by the school.
For more detail on our after after school program, please visit our After School Programs page.
How does the typical Bricks 4 Kidz® in-school field trip work?
Field Trips are very similar to our after school classes, except that these are usually a one-time event and there is a higher focus on learning, i.e, the field trip does not usually include the Creative Play time at the beginning and end, and there will be a greater focus on the lesson. We also expect to spend a little bit more time on the model build since these will likely be kids who aren’t “used to” our weekly model builds and need a bit more help understanding the various pieces in the Project Kit and working through the instructions. We expect the field trip to be on the school property, either in a classroom or in a another room on the campus. We work with the teacher, in advance, to plan a model build that fits into a topic or subject area she’s been covering at school. Some such topics are simple machines, energy, weather, gears, space, animals, inventions and more.
Bricks 4 Kidz® models are the centerpiece of the STEM-based lesson, which includes an educator-scripted discussion designed to engage students in a discovery process. Screened, trained Bricks 4 Kidz® teachers deliver everything needed, including LEGO® bricks, gears, axles, pulleys and more, full-color model plans, and take-home materials.
For a general overview of our field trips and to see a video, visit our Field Trips page.
Can you do a field trip for an entire grade, or even the whole school?
Yes, though not always everyone at exactly the same time. Every school is different, so it depends on the number of students. We would typically have one teacher for a single class at a time for average-sized classes (15-25 students). If you want multiple classes and/or grades, we would either supply multiple teachers or have multiple time slots to reach all the children.
Last year, one of our franchises did a a field trip for an entire school of 917 children over the course of two days. It took a lot of advanced planning and timing, but it can be done!
So what are these Project Kits, anyway?
Our proprietary Project Kits are made up of numerous LEGO® components, such as axles, gears, pulleys, cam wheels, tech pins, tech bricks, bushings and more. Each kit contains enough pieces for a pair of children to build any one of our numerous models. We will also bring motors, battery packs, remote controls and any other equipment that is needed.
You said something about a free class?
Yes, we’d love to come in and do a free class for you one day to get an idea of the level of interest.
How do kids register for Bricks 4 Kidz®?
We can handle registration directly through our secure website, or work with you to let you handle registration and payment. While we prefer to handle registration on our end, we are happy to route it back through you, if that is your preference.
What do you charge the students for Bricks 4 Kidz®?
It varies a bit depending on what topics we are covering, the number of sessions there will be, whether there is a rental fee for using the classroom space, and so on. We work hard at keeping the price in “ballpark range” with other programs offered at your school and in your area.
This sounds great. How can I get Bricks 4 Kidz® at my school?
Call (859) 433-1515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to schedule a meeting. We’d love to show you a Project Kit, instruction booklet, teaching guide, and some of our finished, working models.