We are so excited to announce a new special online Lego workshop!
It is perfect for those who love inventing, going to the park, building with Lego, and learning how things work.
In these unique sessions we will plan our dream park for both ourselves and our Lego figures (we all know the only people that love going to the park more than us are our Lego Mini-Figures!). After designing our park – as real engineers would do – we will learn about the engineering behind each piece of equipment we design before using Lego bricks to bring our creations to life.
Participants will get a design worksheets to print out, which you can draw your designs on and build a portfolio up as you go through the workshops.
Like real engineers, we will work through an engineering process starting with a brief (our playground) and move through the design phase, choose what materials we’ll need, build our designs and then test and evaluate our creations.
By the end of our five week block we’ll have a designed and built our playground for the Lego Figures to enjoy; plus we will have learnt a lot about physics, maths, design and engineering!
For example, we will learn and explore –
- The techniques of constructing a swing, including rotation, angles, pivots, gravity and velocity.
- Building a slide and discovering what happens with different angles, surfaces and how to make things safe!
- The physics involved in a seesaw; pivots, weight distribution, tension and movement.
- The forces involved when a roundabout spins around.
- The geometric designs used for climbing frames, and how to construct stable structures.
- We will also learn how to draw your designs, and make notes like a real engineer!
The amount of bricks you will need depends on the design of your playground. We would recommend a mix of standard Lego and Lego Technic. Having a good selection of bricks means you can adapt your designs more easily and experiment with more ideas, however, you can still participate with a simple assortment of bricks.
How the sessions work:
Just like our other Lego sessions we start our workshop with a friendly introduction and settling period – we also include time for show and tell should students want to show anything they’ve created outside of our class, helping to encourage social connections and communication. We will also recap our last session, and participants can show any additions they have made to their playgrounds!
Once everyone is settled in and set-up we will have a chat about the brief and topic for the session. Then we will move onto designing where we will cover one piece of equipment for our playground in each session. We will start by putting pen to paper to plan out our creation and then decide what bricks we willl require.
Next, it’s time to build! The students are encouraged to guide themselves through their builds and other family members are welcome to join in too. I am on hand throughout to answer questions, chat about what we are doing and provide assistance where needed. I will also show my build as some inspiration.
After the building stage we will move to the testing and evaluation phase. Here, we will look at how our creations work – or maybe don’t work – and will work out why and if we can make improvements.
During these workshops we will have moved through all the phases a real engineer would in a project, and we will have gained a full understanding of what the process entails. We will have developed problem solving and communication skills, dexterity, aesthetic and design skills, different building techniques, as well as deepening knowledge across science and maths.
If this engineering adventure sounds perfect for your children (and you!) register now, or get in touch if you have any questions.
Sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 5.20pm (GMT – UK time), for aprox. 1 hour.
They start May 4th for 6 weeks, ending on 8th June.
The workshops take place on Zoom, and you will be emailed a link with password before hand, as well as any downloads. Children will also receive a certificate of participation!