Play-Well Camps

360 18th Ave - Richmond YMCA location
San Francisco Bay Area, CA 94121




Pre-Engineering Students will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO® system. With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced Play-Well Engineering instructor to guide them.

Engineering FUNdamentals Students take on real-life engineering challenges that explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering with over 100,000 pieces of LEGO® material. From racecars to Battletracks, this is a hands-on and minds-on camp suitable for LEGO novices to "maniacs." Designed by engineers, the curriculum challenges both new and returning students to reach the next level of engineering comprehension, all while having fun.

Bashem' Bots Our Play Well Engineering instructors guide students in this advanced Play Well engineering camp, as they re-engineer standard vehicles into mechanized machines that can traverse challenging obstacles, battle against fellow bots, and take on Play Well Instructors’ colossal creations.

Engineering Challenge You will work cooperatively with your teamates to complete the mission. Achieving mission goals will necessitate construction of trucks, bridges, elevators, cranes, bulldozers, conveyor belts, and other motorized and alternatively powered contraptions. Instruction will be provided by staff. Familiarity with the LEGO® Technic building system is desirable and can be obtained by attending Engineering FUNdamentals camp.

Green Engineering Design and build machines powered by alternative energy sources. Race solar cars, build a wind-powered electrical generation facility, enter the human powered vehicle competition, and invent a machine powered by stored elastic strain energy. Instruction will be provided by staff, but familiarity with LEGO® Technic is desirable.

Junkyard Challenge Because engineering is always a team effort, this camp teaches students how to work collaboratively to design and build the fastest, strongest, most maneuverable, coolest machines and structures possible to solve real world engineering challenges. In this advanced camp, success comes from creative thinking and resourceful use of “The Junkyard” – home to more than 100,000 LEGO pieces! Students will build elevators, bulldozers, conveyor belts, and other motorized and alternatively powered contraptions to complete this challenging course.

Sportsbots We will design and build motorized remote controlled sports bots to compete in rousing games of soccer, hockey, basketball, football, quidditch, and bocce, among others. You may also invent your own sport. Instruction will be provided by staff, but familiarity with the LEGO® Technic building system is desirable.

Robotics Learn about building and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms system. In addition to having fun, participants learn about mechanical and software design, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Working in small groups, students will complete several projects and mini challenges through which they will learn how to control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects. Projects are structured to allow students to work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun. Enrollment is limited.

Radio Control Explore new concepts and original projects featuring fully proportional RC electronics specially designed to integrate into the LEGO Building System. This camp will feature four different designs including race cars, quad runner ATCs, Air powered vehicles, and tanks.

Play-Well Bookmaking An exciting exploration of the form and content of books! We will learn various strategies of how to make and bind books, and explore the many possibilities of what a book might look like and what a book might hold (stories, images, dreams, memories, drawings, information, objects, photos and more...). Some books that are created will remain empty for a function to be decided later (a journal, sketchbook, or a wonderful gift for someone special) and some books will be filled by the students with in-class projects.

Jedi Engineering Build planes, droids, and palaces inspired by designs made a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Motorized sand crawlers, Drone assembly lines, and Battle-cruisers galore. A new offering of original designs for young Jedi ages 5-7 from Play-Well TEKnologies.

2016 Camp Information

Camp Type:

  • Day Camp

Camp Season:

  • Summer

Camp Subject:

  • Academics
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Math
  • Multiple Types
  • Science/Nature
  • Technology

Camp Age:

  • 5 Years Old
  • 6 Years Old
  • 7 Years Old
  • 8 Years Old
  • 9 Years Old

2016 Camp Sessions

  • Arts & Crafts, Math, Science/Nature, Technology, Academics, Multiple Types
    5 Years Old, 6 Years Old, 7 Years Old, 8 Years Old, 9 Years Old

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