Bricks ‘n Gears Jr. Camp

Tuesday, July 11 - Friday, July 14 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participant fee is only $125.00
*includes all sessions and a snack each day

Registration Closed
Each participant registered by July 1 will receive a small LEGO activity kit ($20.00 value) with gears and pulley activities to take home at the end of the sessions for continued exploration and fun.
*Basic levers *Types of gears *Pulleys and belts *Motion through gears and pulleys *Human power vs Motor power *Scissor mechanisms *Spinning Tops
Throughout this camp, participants will be immersed in the hands-on exploration of simple machines, gears, and pulleys. The explorations are facilitated through the use of LEGO® bricks and LEGO® Education products. Ideal participants will be ages 6-9 (or completing grades 1-4), able to work in a small group learning environment, and be able to follow directions. Our camp consists of four 3-hour sessions which have been specifically designed to engage and excite young learners, and takes place at the Grand Dial Communications office just off 28th Street by I-96. Leading camp is Bryant Zimmerman, a LEGO® Education trainer, a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team coach, and FIRST® LEGO® League assistant coach, as well as President and CEO of Grand Dial Communications. Online registration is limited to the first 12 qualified participants. Feel free to contact us at 616-776-1066 if you have any questions or concerns.
A LEVER is a simple machine. Through the adaptation of the Load, Fulcrum and Effort much work in the world around us is achieved. This model of a catapult is one fun exercise that participants will build to explore the world of levers, and how they impact the world around us.
A CRANE is a type of machine commonly used to both lift and lower materials, and in many cases, also move them from side to side. How is a crane used for building and construction? How can a crane lift such heavy loads? What other tasks can a crane complete? Participants will build a small crane, discover the answers to these questions, and explore the applications of load and lift.
The LEGO Spinning Top Machine demonstrates how gears mesh and motion and energy can be transferred. In the case of our spinning top, participants will explore how energy is transferred into motion, and how varying levels of energy will affect motion.
Gears and Pulleys are truly part of what makes our world go. Cars, Conveyors, Escalators, and more rely on these simple parts. What other items can you think of that may use Gears and Pulleys? What are the little bumps on a gear called? What connects two pulleys to make them go? Participants will answers these questions through hands-on exercises and team exploration.