LEGO®-Inspired Engineering Camps for Kids K-8

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  • “My son and his friends had so much fun at your summer camp that I don't think he ever realized he was learning engineering! I'm sure the next time he asks the question, "When am I ever going to need this?" while doing a math problem, I'll be the first to remind him of the principles he learned by creating cool Lego projects. Kids are motivated in different ways to learn. Teaching elementary kids how information and knowledge can be great fun and very useful will open their minds to possibilities they may never have considered. Please come! We love you!”

    Quenta H.

  • “My son who is 7, just completed your Play-Well Camp and had the time of his life! I just want to thank you for your lovely staff, incredible supplies and awesome curriculum. The class was well controlled, and the children were expected to treat each other with respect and kindness. I especially appreciated the attempts to eliminate all forms of violence in the constructing and ideas of projects. This is extremely important to many families attending. He came home each day with a huge smile on his face and yakking away about how much he learned.”

    Cindy L.

  • “My son had such a great time… he's signed up for two more camps in August and is counting down the days until he gets to go back!”

    Julie V.

  • “Our family went for our fifth year in a row. We always plan our trips around Play -Well Lego camps and Comic-con! We always hit the Lego moments. It's awesome and an amazing bundle of creative energy and extraordinary costumes!”

    Roberta M.

  • “This is our 3rd go around and they are awesome… Way better than expensive camps - true love of job shows and shows.

    Vicki C.

  • “Your instructor was awesome. The kids loved him. Very friendly, positive, encouraged the kids. My son keeps saying how much fun he had. Now he wants to build, build, build. Build”

    Dolly D.

  • “I am simply writing to tell you how wonderful your summer camp program is. My son is attending a week long session...and is in heaven! He loves everything that is happening and we are so impressed with the curriculum and teachers.”

    Christy B.

  • “I must say that our expectations were beyond exceeded with what our son came away with. He has never learned so much, so fast, never gotten as much out of a summer camp before. Thank you so much for offering such an amazing learning opportunity.”

    Samantha A.

Young Engineer

Dream It. Build It. Wreck It. Repeat.

Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO®. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.

Frequently asked questions about Play-Well Summer Camps

You got questions, we have answers! Below are the most frequently asked questions.

  • Develop and enhance students' problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Expose children to concepts and vocabulary of Engineering, Architecture and Physics
  • Provide an opportunity to have a great time with a terrific and versatile building system
  • Our Pre-Engineering summer camps are primarily focused on BUILDING techniques.

We typically work on 2 different engineering and architectural projects per day. Projects typically start with an introduction and short presentation by the instructor followed by a design/building assignment. Students have access to approximately 100,000 pieces of LEGO materials to use in creating their engineering projects.

Students are introduced to engineering terminology that they are encourage to use throughout the class when identifying pieces, posing questions, or assisting each other. Instructors circulate and assist the children in realizing their project goals.

When the participants have satisfied basic requirements of a project, they are encouraged to further explore engineering applications of the principles and construction methods by inspecting, testing, modifying, and rebuilding. At the end of each class session, students are expected to dismantle their projects and put away their materials.

Unfortunately, the campers don't get to take any of the LEGO materials home with them. We re-use the materials with our other summer camps and classes. If we saved projects, we would not have enough materials for our other summer camps.

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Levers
  • Motors, batteries, leads
  • Compound gear trains
  • Overlapping
  • Crown gears / bevel gears
  • Pneumatics and pumps
  • Beam bridges
  • Rack and pinion steering
  • Belt drive transmissions
  • Rack gears
  • Cams and clutch gears
  • Skid steering
  • Connected systems
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Eccentric motion
  • Differentials
  • Gear drives, torque, speed
  • Timing Mechanisms
  • Load & stress testing
  • Worm gear drives
  • Moment of inertia
  • Friction and Gravity

While there are some fundamental projects that are revisited in summer camps, our instructors offer advanced challenges and modifications for any model that will push even the most experienced Lego Maniacs to the next level! Our curriculum is flexible and adjusts to the interests and experience level of the students. With hundreds of projects to choose from and a constantly expanding curriculum, our instructors look forward to continually challenging the most advanced students to reach their full potential. We also encourage our students to communicate when they desire a new challenge that meets their building skill level. Our responsibility as instructors is to never leave any student bored or unchallenged!

Yes. Instructors expect that participants in either the Junkyard Challenge or Bash `Em Bots summer camps are already familiar with basic engineering concepts and techniques taught in our Fundamentals summer camps. These advanced classes require a more open-ended creative application of building techniques to accomplish specific goals and challenges. We strongly encourage students to take our Fundamentals summer camps before enrolling in our more advanced summer camps.

We ask that you sign your child in and out each day of the summer camp. To ensure the children's safety, our instructors stay in the classroom with the child until a parent / guardian is there to pick them up and sign them out. This also gives us the opportunity to get to know your family and touch base before or after class!

We encourage parents to come 30 minutes before the end of class if you would like to see your child's specific project. If you cannot come early, we suggest giving your child a disposable camera, which would allow them to save a "snapshot" of their project.

Unfortunately, we do not sell the Lego parts used in our summer camps and classes. We encourage parents to visit our website, play-well.org, and check the `materials' link which lists the places where we obtain pieces for our kits.

We will take one break midway through class. We do not provide snack but encourage parents to provide a peanut-free snack for their child. For parents of children allergic to peanuts, we cannot guarantee that Lego pieces in our kits are completely free of peanut oils.

Depending on the weather, we may take the group outside to eat snacks during our break. At this time we may allow the kids to run around and play a bit if there is a sufficient amount of space at the site. Please feel free to send your child with a hat/ sunscreen if you choose (please apply sunscreen before class begins!).

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