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young engineers 3d appPROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Bricks Challenge (Our Cardinal Program) is a hands-on, year-long, once-weekly enrichment class for children in 1st-5th grade. Students learn about a STEM principle through a story and/or demonstration, and then build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cards, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Participants a new project each week in a guided and supportive environment. Architectural concepts are taught while assembling buildings, bridges and other structures. Our spiral learning curriculum provides students with concrete knowledge in classical mechanics and engineering basics.

Once the project is completed, children use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another.

Students work in a lab-type setting using LEGO® bricks with an integrated curriculum based on STEM principles. Instructional content includes concepts of friction, gravity and torque, scale, gears, axles and beams, among others.

All material will be provided, however students are not able to take projects home.

GOALS

  • For children to play and socialize with friends while learning fundamentals of engineering and architecture in a noncompetitive setting.
  • To build problem-solving skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression and foster an appreciation of how things work.
  • To help students understand that Architecture and Engineering are viable career choices.