Pre-Engineering with LEGO®

This class will explore concepts in Engineering and Architecture by building with LEGO®. Participants will build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system all while having fun! This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.

Sample Curriculum

PROJECT FUNDAMENTAL ENGINEERING CONCEPTS
Gravity Cars Gravity / Friction / Role of Wheel Size
Houses / LEGO City Structural Overlapping / 5 core house components
Belt Drive Cars Intro to Motors / Batteries / Pulley Systems
Beam Bridge Bridge Design, Overlapping
Castles and Catapults 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Levers, Fulcrum, Throw
Gear Drive Car Meshing Gears, Gear Ratios: Torque Vs. Speed
Carnivals Crown Gears, Meshing Gears at 90 degrees
Gondolas Friction, Alternate Belt-Drive system
Airplanes and Airport Group Build / Tower Structures
Battle Tracks Rack Gear System, Monorail Vehicle Design

Age group: 5 to 7

Group size: 20

Dates: Mondays, January 27 – April 7, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm

Costs: $150 for ten sessions of 90 minutes

Instructor:

Joey Zielazinski recently returned from the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served with his wife in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching English. Originally from Oklahoma, he is now a proud Durham resident, and loves rock’n'roll, comedy, and hot dogs.