Suitable for Elementary School: 1st – 5th Grade
Average lesson duration: 60-75 minutes
Using stories and simple demonstrations to spark imagination and critical thinking, Bricks Challenge is Young Engineers’ most popular enrichment program. With the use of LEGO® building blocks in conjunction with other tools and mechanical parts, our specially trained educators inspire youth participants while teaching theoretical and applied principles of science, technology, mechanical engineering and math (STEM). In addition our students develop their abilities for independent learning and improve their building skills.
Young Engineers’ Bricks Challenge enrichment program introduces elementary school age students to basic laws of physics and the necessary mathematic equations that coincide with those scientific calculations.
Young Engineers has specially designed a brief classroom style demonstration that is immediately followed by hands-on application through building Young Engineers LEGO® parts models. Student participants of Bricks Challenge receive our LEGO® bricks kits exclusively made by Young Engineers for our programs. Each lesson is meant to inspire students to create, build and learn through a fun and entertaining LEGO® Challenge experience.
Overview of Bricks Challenge curriculum:
Young Engineers participating in Bricks Challenge can expect to finish the program having learned important theoretical and practical lessons. Bricks Challenge will introduce students to scientists and inventors such as Leonardo di Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Archimedes and more. Each of these important figures has played a significant role in the development of science and technology today and we use their stories’ to help inspire and educate our young engineers.
Bricks Challenge participants will gain knowledge of laws of physics such as 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. In addition students will learn the essential mathematic skills that go along with making the scientific calculations they will need in order to build their models.
Bricks Challenge secondary 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
Bricks Challenge building model themes:
- Amusement park rides
- Various types of transportation machines
- Modern machinery