Learning with legos is a winning combination for popular Play-Well TEKnologies spring break camp and summer camps in Hawaii.
The camps put the engineering and design talents of children to the test with creative themes such as the upcoming Minecraft and Star Wars camps.
Play-Well TEKnologies is a STEM based program that teaches students K-6 engineering fundamentals through the use of LEGO.
Originally from the Bay Area, Play-Well TEKnologies is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has been in Hawaii for over three years.
The program teaches students concepts in engineering, design, architecture, and science through hands-on interaction and play.
According to Hawaii Area Manager Wrenn Okada, “LEGO is the perfect medium for our students because they identify it as something that is familiar and fun. We bring a massive teaching kit filled with over 20,000 pieces of LEGO to every class, and with that amount of LEGO possibilities are endless, we not only use bricks and decorations, but also motors, gears, axles, pneumatics, and much more.”
He adds that there’s learning even when challenges crop up saying, “I always tell our students that LEGO is meant to break, so when something doesn’t work out what we do is use problem solving skills and design our projects to be better than before. It’s a beautiful thing when our students’ projects come together and each one of them has something that they can be proud of!”
On Oahu, classes that are underway include standard “STEM Challenge and Intro to STEM with LEGO” class.
Seasonally, there is an EV3 Robotics class as well as Star Wars and Minecraft themed programs.
All these classes are primarily designed for children in grades K-6th, however there are also opportunities to teach preschool and middle school students.
To sign up, there are a few spaces left in the spring break camp at Bishop Museum, a new partner.
Weekly summer programs are coming up at Iolani, Holy Nativity, and Saint Louis, and weekend workshops at Bishop Museum are planned .
There are more programs in the works with Kama’aina Kids, Aina Haina Elementary and Manoa Elementary.
There are also year round afterschool programs, homeschool workshops and birthday parties.
Parents can register online.