LEGO SUMMER CAMP
Date: June 17th – August 8th
Time: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm
$45 per day/per child
$225 per week/per child
*Minimum Enrollment: At least 3 days
Campers will start off their day with a group activity to discover and discuss the topic of the day. They will then break up into different age groups to build interesting projects based on the topic of the day. After the projects are complete, campers will have more time to extend their knowledge on the topic and they will be working on other creative assignments our teachers give them. We will encourage campers to connect, construct, contemplate, and continue around the daily topic while making it a fun experience.
STEM –FUN — GAMES –LEGO
9:00am – 9:30am : Sign-in/Free Play/Break into classes
9:30am – 9:50am : Topic of the day
9:50am – 10:00am : Brainstorm/Discussion for build
10:00am – 11:30am : Building Time
11:30am – 12:00pm : Presentation and Play time
Activities and S.T.E.M. Lessons
Week 1 & 5
- Ship/Harbor – create a harbor and a few ships, talk about harbor operations
- Have the groups focus on different aspects of ships. Like how they move around the ocean (Sailboats vs Motor boats vs Cruise ships) and harbors (tug boats).
- The operations of harbors. Why we have them, What are they used for. (talk about container ships and container storage). Point of Commerce.
Lighthouse/Navigation/GPS – build some lighthouses and talk about how ships know where they are on the ocean. Use lighthouses and GPS satellite systems.
- Lighthouses are used to display locations of objects or land near the water. You can have lighthouses on rocks by the ocean or in lakes.
- Lighthouses can be used for safety; in a storm, they can see where land is.
- GPS is what ships use for navigating the ocean (how they know where they are). GPS (Geosynchronous Positioning Satellite). If you look up with a telescope, you can always see 4 of these satellites, no matter where you are in the world.
Bridge/Tunnels – Why we need bridges and why we build bridges. Talk about different bridge designs and structures. Tunnels through mountains and under the ocean.
- Learn about different structures of bridges. Do we only need bridges for going over water?
- Different types of bridges – Arch bridge, Beam bridge, Suspension bridge, Cantilever bridge, Clapper Bridge.
- Tunnels – Talk about how tunnels are under the water. Have the kids ever seen or heard about one? Talk about the Channel Tunnel in Europe.
- Ocean Animals/Habitats – Build some animals like dolphins, crabs, fish, etc. For kids try to make them automate it.
- Talk about different habitats (desert, rainforest, grassland, tundra) briefly. Focus on the Ocean habitat (5 oceans on earth).
- Where in the ocean do the animals live? Why do they live there? Dependent on the water temperature, ocean depth, and proximity to the shore (turtles & seahorses live by the coral reefs/crabs can live on the ocean floor, etc)
- Reefs/Pollution – Talk about and build coral reefs. Talk about where they are and what animals live in them. Why they are important.
- An underwater ecosystem with a large variety of species and found in all the world’s oceans – Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the biggest
- Pollution: water pollution (trash/sewage), overfishing, global climate change (warmer ocean temperature)
- Coral reefs important because they are buffers to protect coasts from waves/storms which prevents erosion.
Week 2 & 6
The City – Why we have cities vs rural areas. Build skyscrapers & neighborhoods
- Rural areas can be for agriculture. There are suburbs – neighborhoods outside of the city
- Skyscrapers are found in the city and are for many people to live in/places to work in a smaller piece of land
Transportation around the city – Build a type of transportation: bus, taxi, car, bike, subway, helicopter/plane
- Talk about the different types of transportation that they have seen and discuss the differences and similarities between them
Finding your way around – maps, subways systems, signs
- Discuss different ways of finding their way around, maybe include older ways like the night sky (North Star)?
- Build a map/subway system and talk about directions (left, right, north, south, east, west) and have them go from one destination to another using their map
Construction in the city – Build cranes, safety, bulldozer, jackhammer, etc.
- How these machines/tools work and what they’re used for
- Why it’s important to be safe/use safety precautions around these constriction sites
Keeping the City Clean – Build street sweepers, garbage collectors/bins, window wipers (skyscrapers), gardeners
- Build parks/small clean community with garbage collectors cleaning up
- Discuss why it’s important to keep cities clean
Week 3 & 7
- Animal Power – Build horse-drawn carriage, hamster wheel
- Discuss how humans started invented other ways to get power (transition for the rest of the week’s lessons)
- Engine Power – Build cars, trains, drones – wireless things
- Discuss what these have in common
- Solar Power – Build a solar panel
- Talk about the sun/photons. Clouds?
- Where you can install solar panels
- Wind Power – Build a windmill
- How they work, where you would build windmills (not in the city)
- Water Power – Build aqueducts, wells
- How they work
Week 4 & 8
- International Space Station – Build ISS
- Talk about who built it, what it is, where it is
- Spaceship – Build a spaceship
- Discuss different parts of spaceships, types of ships, reasons for having them (Mars)
- Satellites – Build a satellite
- What they are, their uses, different types (moon, man-made)
- Aliens – Make an alien ship and an alien friend
- Build an alien planet
- Talk about galaxies and the Milky Way; where in the universe is the alien from?
- Elements in space – Planets, stars, meteors in our solar system
- Composition and characteristics of these elements