LEGO Engineering STEM Club - Fall Session 1 (K-2)

200 N. Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, Illinois 60194-0601

Semester Theme:  Laws of Motion & Forces of Nature

Class meets on Mondays, Oct 1 thru Dec 3 in SCS' STEM Lab

This class is a STEM After School Enrichment (ASE) program for children in grades K, 1st, and 2nd grades, SCS and non-SCS enrolled students.  Invite your friends to join you as you learn and play for 1 hour after school.  Don't miss out on the fun!  We will focus on STEM concepts using LEGO bricks.
Weeks 1 - 6:  Laws of Motion 
Introduce kids to physics, including the “Laws of Motion” made famous by Sir Isaac Newton. By explaining terms like inertia and mass using simple words, Bricks 4 Kidz lessons give students a foundation for understanding concepts that they will delve deeper into in years to come. For now, they get to build fun stuff out of LEGO ® bricks and create a positive association that science is fun! During this unit, kids will launch ping-pong balls at targets with the catapult model, give their mini-figures a ride on motorized see-saw and swing-o-rama rides, and practice telling time as they build the clock model. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we know how to keep their hands and their minds busy! – Who says physics is boring? Test out some of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of motion with models that illustrate the concepts of inertia, force, mass, acceleration, and the observation that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. What will your reaction be to our Bricks 4 Kidz action-packed after school class? We doubt you’ll “stay at rest” with these challenging projects designed to accelerate the learning with the force of fun!
Weeks 7 - 10:  Forces of Nature   
Fasten your seat belts; we’re in for some wild weather! This unit is all about the amazing and powerful forces of nature, as students explore the when, where, how and why of all kinds of natural phenomenon. There is a lot of geography in this unit -- we’ll examine a map of the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where most tsunamis occur, view a diagram of the tectonic plates and learn how their movement creates earthquakes, define the area known as “Tornado Alley” in North America, and find out what hurricanes are called in different parts of the world. These lessons are designed to improve your child’s understanding of the forces of nature, while taking care not to alarm. Each model represents the motion of that particular weather or event, with a seat for a mini-figure to take in the action! Take cover because we’re about to take a trip through some wild weather! Kids will love to build moving models of a tornado, a tsunami, an earthquake and a cyclone. Learn how they move, why they happen and what you can do to stay safe! 
Note:  There is a minimum student enrollment of 15 to avoid cancellation of this class.