Our Programs

Our Core Engineering programs are our biggest “sandbox;” this is the safe space for kids to learn and discover the most through play. It’s about the process, not the result. Themed classes and camps explore imaginative worlds that kids already know and love, such as Star Wars or Ninjago

The Core Engineering curriculum consists of Intro to STEM and STEM Challenge. These programs are broad in theme and draw upon the greatest variety of possible projects. Returning students will be given new building challenges. Our Advanced Engineering programs are designed for experienced students. Themed classes and camps such as Jedi Engineering and Super Hero Engineering incorporate many engineering concepts, and have no prerequisites.

Intro to STEM, Session 1

Pre-Engineering Project Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

Intro to STEM, Session 2

Pre-Engineering Project Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Motorcycles, Castles, Airplanes, and Monorails. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Session 1 is not a prerequisite for Session 2.

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

Intro to STEM, Session 3

Pre-Engineering Project Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Trains, Helicopters, Treehouses, and Beam Bridges. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Sessions 1 and 2 are not prerequisites for Session 3.

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

STEM Challenge, Session 1

Engineering FUNdamentals Project Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-6
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

STEM Challenge, Session 2

Engineering FUNdamentals Project Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Belt-Drive Cars, Truss Bridges, Rail Racers, and Pneumatic Forklifts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. Session 1 is not a prerequisite for Session 2.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-6
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

STEM Challenge, Session 3

Engineering FUNdamentals Project Master your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Gear Cars, Gondolas, Merry-Go-Rounds, and Scissor Lifts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. Sessions 1 and 2 are not prerequisites for Session 3.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-6
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

Girl Powered Intro To STEM

Pre-Engineering Project A Play-Well offering for girls who love to build! This course will provide a supportive environment for girls to build engineer-designed projects. Use special pieces to create your own unique designs! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

We offer three sessions per year. Each session is comprised of unique projects. Projects are not repeated from session to session.

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

Girl Powered STEM Challenge

Pre-Engineering Project A Play-Well offering for girls who love to build! This course will provide a supportive environment for girls to build engineer-designed projects. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

We offer three sessions per year. Each session is comprised of unique projects. Projects are not repeated from session to session.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-6
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • No Prerequisites

Bash'em Bots

Bash-Em Bots Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a massive motorized machine from LEGO® parts? Our Play Well Engineering instructors guide students in this advanced Play-Well engineering camp, as they re-engineer standard vehicles into mechanized machines that can traverse challenging obstacles, battle against fellow bots, and take on Play-Well Instructors’ colossal creations.

  • Ages 9-12+, Grades 3-6+
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Suggested Prerequisite: Stem Challenge or equivalent

Green Engineering

Note: In some areas, this program may be titled "Eco Engineering".

Green Engineering Design a recycling plant, save the salmon swimming upstream, harness wind energy, and build a wildlife bridge across the freeway. Celebrate nature, think sustainably, and understand the human world in a program using LEGO® materials focused on using earth’s resources responsibly.

  • Ages 8-12+, Grades 3-6+
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Suggested Prerequisite: Stem Challenge or equivalent<

Engineering Challenge

Engineering Challenge Are you ready for the Engineering Challenge? Learn to build mechanical devices such as a scissor lift, air compressor, or drawbridge in this advanced course for our strongest builders. Then work in teams to accomplish a large-scale mission such as a minifigure rescue or a Rube Goldberg machine!

  • Ages 9-12+, Grades 3-6+
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • Suggested Prerequisite: Stem Challenge or equivalent<

Junkyard Challenge

Junkyard Challenge Are you ready for the Junkyard Challenge? Iterate, build within constraints, and compete in this advanced course for our strongest builders. Design innovative answers for challenges such as Follow the Hose, Thread the Needle, and the Tunnel Challenge using Play-Well’s “junkyard,” a massive collection of over 20,000 LEGO® parts.

  • Ages 8-12+, Grades 3-6+
  • All Play-Well Locations
  • Suggested Prerequisite: Stem Challenge or equivalent<

Jedi Engineering

Jedi Engineering The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Jedi Master Engineering

Jedi Master Engineering The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Ninjaneering

Ninjaneering Project Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp.

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Ninjaneering Masters

Ninjaneering Master Master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills! In this advanced LEGO camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Batman Gotham Gadgets

Batman Gotham Gadgets Take on Gotham's villains by designing and building Batman's favorite crime-fighting machines! Build the Bat Tumbler, craft a Batwing, and design your very own Batcave, all out of LEGO® materials. Then use your projects to help save the city. Be the super-hero or super-heroine Gotham needs while learning how the world works through STEM concepts!

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Batman Master Mechanics

Batman Master Mechanicss Defeat Gotham's villains by designing and building Batman's most advanced crime-fighting machines! Infiltrate Arkham Asylum, build a Bat Cycle, and fly your Batcopter. Then use your projects to thwart the Joker's plans to take over the city. Be the super-hero or super-heroine Gotham needs while engineering solutions through the use of STEM concepts!

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Super Hero Engineering

Super Hero Engineering Save the world with Super Heroes! Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers! An experienced Play-Well instructor guides young heroes as they design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.

  • Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Super Hero Master Engineering

Super Hero Master Engineering Super Heroes need your help to defeat the destructive forces of evil arch-villains as they threaten LEGOpolis! Explore the tools and techniques of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but super engineers. An engineering curriculum designed by Play-Well challenges heroes to design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Most Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Chima Engineering

Chima Engineering Choose a tribe and grab the CHI in Chima Engineering! Race your Speedorz to earn the Golden Orb, build the CHI Temple with a moving a waterfall, and swoop your way to victory with Eris’s Eagle Intercepter. Explore the fantasy world of Chima with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young engineers for the challenging experience of Chima Master Engineering using LEGO.

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Chima Master Engineering

Chima Master Engineering Choose a tribe and Master the CHI by becoming a Chima Master Engineer! Motorize the detachable Helicroctor, transform Eglor’s Twin Bike into an aircraft, and trap the lion tribe in the Croc Swamp Hideout. Use LEGO bricks to engineer, innovate, and test your creations on the quest to earn CHI. In this advanced camp, Chima Masters learn real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Chima.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game

Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures! Build a Zoo, create a Medieval Castle, and design a Tree House Village! This experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular game, Minecraft. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game

Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools, and watch out for Creepers! This ultimate Play-Well Minecraft experience using LEGO® materials is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, using gameplay elements and characters inspired by the popular Minecraft video game. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Minecraft Engineering

Pre-Engineering Mine, Craft, Build Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Minecraft and LEGO® materials or a seasoned veteran, you'll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities.

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Minecraft Masters Engineering

Engineering Fundamentals Mine, Craft, Build Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® parts! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

JediCraft Adventure Game

JediCraft Adventure Game Mine, craft, and build the Star Wars universe using LEGO® parts! Roll the dice to gather Jedi resources. Then build a Pod Racer, craft a Droid, or create the Treehouse Village of Endor! This novice Play-Well game using LEGO® materiasl is inspired by the Minecraft tablet game and the Star Wars fantasy setting.

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

JediCraft Survival Game

JediCraft Survival Game Mine, craft, and build the Star Wars universe using LEGO® parts! Roll the dice to gather Jedi resources. Then build a Starship, craft Light Sabers, and use the Force to survive Empire attacks. This advanced Play-Well game using LEGO® materials is inspired by the Minecraft tablet game and the Star Wars fantasy setting.

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Construction Vehicles and Machines

Construction Vehicles and Machines Dig into engineering with big trucks, construction vehicles, and super machines. Explore the engineering terms, concepts, and vocabulary behind large-scale building machines. Build and learn about steamrollers, bulldozers, wrecking balls, tower cranes, and more while playing with your favorite building system: LEGO®!

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Lift-Off

Lift-Off Do you wish you could fly? Do you dream of breaking the sound barrier, or landing on Mars? Then this camp is for you! Build models from LEGO® parts of every kind of flying machine, from wings that flap like a bird's, to P-51 Mustangs, Stealth Bombers, and NASA rockets. Then discover how real-world aircraft and spacecraft actually fly! Note: In some locations, this class may be titled "Young Astronauts".

  • Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Aerospace FUNdamentals

Aerospace Engineering Learn the secrets of flight in Aerospace FUNdamentals! Study the work of the masters, then build a model from LEGO® parts of the largest rocket in history, and design your own Mars Rover. Explore the history of flight, from Icarus to DaVinci to the Wright Brothers to NASA. Come discover how birds, stealth fighters, blimps, and rockets all use the same FUNdamental concepts to actually fly!

  • Ages 7-12, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture Explore great works of art and architecture through LEGO® materials! Collaborate in small groups to build grand structures such as the Parthenon in Greece, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the tree houses of Papua New Guinea, and New York’s Empire State Building. Follow in the footsteps of master artists with interpretations of sculptures, mosaics, and stained glass. Teamwork and creativity take “high culture” to the next level!

  • Ages 7-11, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Robotics using the LEGO® WeDo® System

Robotics using LEGO® WeDo Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo® system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components.  Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors.  This is a great way to prepare young Robotics enthusiasts for our more advanced Robotics programs.

  • Ages 7-9, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Jedi Robotics using the LEGO® WeDo® System

Jedi Robotics using LEGO WeDo Build and program robots inspired by a galaxy far, far away using the LEGO® WeDo® system! Lift an X-Wing from Dagobah swamp, program a droid-sorting factory, and land an Imperial Shuttle using motion sensors. In small groups, learn basic programming, engineering, and robotics concepts in a fun Jedi-themed environment.

  • Ages 7-9, Grades 2-5
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Robotics using the LEGO® EV3/NXT System

LEGO Robotics using EV3/NXt Build and program robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3; or NXT; system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun.

  • Ages 9-12+, Grades 4-6+
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Jedi Robotics using the LEGO® EV3/NXT System

JEDI Robotics using EV3/NXt These ARE the droids you’re looking for! Build and program robots inspired by a galaxy far, far away using the LEGO® Mindstorms® system. Navigate a minefield, target shield generators, and even respond to the Force using Play-Well’s full array of sensors and servos. Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups to solve problems in this open-ended Jedi-themed environment.

  • Ages 9-12+, Grades 4-6+
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None

Build-It!

Build It! Build a foundation for engineering with LEGO® Duplo®! Create Airplanes, Drawbridges, Seesaws, Windmills, Cranes, and other fun projects in this class for pre-K builders only. Parents are welcome to join the fun as young builders learn about shapes, colors, patterns, and counting while playing with their creations.

  • Ages 4-5, Pre-School
  • Select Play-Well Locations
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program Formats: Classes