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Meeting - In Person

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center

Grades: 1st - 5th​

Lesson duration: 90 minutes

The overall course objective is to impart theoretical and applied knowledge in the fields of Science, Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by using LEGO® technic and other exciting tools.

The main goal of the course is to illustrate content through stories and demonstrations. Our students will learn mathematics and physical principles through intuitive study, develop their independent learning and improve their building skills. The course will provide mathematical integration between physical laws and the simple calculations to support them. The laws and mathematics are both illustrated through the construction of exciting LEGO® models.

 

Once the concepts have been demonstrated students enjoy hands on building the LEGO® models which provides experiential learning and reinforces the lessons topic. To carry out the building process, students receive a tailor-made kit developed by Young Engineers.

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Syllabus

  • Basic and Complex Mathematical Operations: The integration between planning and building the model involves the calculation of energy transformations which enables the teaching of mathematical topics such as addition, subtraction and exponentiation.

  • Introducing Philosophers and Theoreticians: Archimedes, Newton, Da Vinci and many more.

  • Physical Forces and Laws: Centrifugal force, centripetal force, force of inertia, kinetic energy, potential energy, law of action-reaction, lift force, torque, leverage points, load distribution, force conservation, angular momentum and more.

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Bricks Challenge Program objectives:

  • Foster planning and time management skills

  • Encourage independent creative thinking

  • Develop ones ability to analyze engineering processes

  • Broaden knowledge of laws of physics and various natural phenomena

  • Improve spatial recognition

  • Cultivate a sense of self-efficacy

  • Expand interpersonal communication skills

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Bricks Challenge model themes:

  • Amusement park rides

  • Air crafts

  • Various types of transportation machines

  • Cranes

  • Elevators

  • Modern machinery

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