Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO®

Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

Conceptual Overview

1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Levers

Motors, batteries, leads

Compound gear trains


Crown gears / bevel gears

Pneumatics and pumps

Beam bridges

Rack and pinion steering

Belt drive transmissions

Rack gears

Cams and clutch gears

Skid steering

Connected systems

Steering mechanisms

Eccentric motion


Gear drives, torque, speed

Timing Mechanisms

Load & stress testing

Worm gear drives

Moment of inertia

Friction and Gravity

Sample Curriculum

Belt Drive Cars Intro to Motors / Batteries / Pulley Systems
Corbelled Arch Bridges Bridge Design, Architectural Corbels, Overlapping
Gear Drive Cars Gear Ratios: Torque Vs. Speed
Inchworms Eccentric Motion, Complex Gear Train
Castles and Catapults 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Levers, Fulcrum, Throw
Carnivals Crown Gears, Meshing Gears at 90 degrees
Spinning Tops Angular Momentum, Center of Gravity
Gondolas Friction, Alternate Belt-Drive system
Skid Steering Vehicles Steering Mechanisms, Friction
Battle Tracks Rack Gear System, Monorail Vehicle Design


Age group: 7 to 11

Group size: 24

Dates: Mondays, January 27 – April 7, 2014; no class on March 31

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Costs: $300 for ten sessions of three hours


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.