Blockbuster Builds: Motorized Movie Vehicles and Mechanical f/x Made with LEGO® Elements & K’NEX - Ages 6 - 8
9 am - 3:30 pm

This is a 2017 summer camp.
2018 summer camps will be updated in January 2018.

Join us for a week of building magic as we design vehicles for our favorite movie and TV characters using LEGO® elements. We’ll create motorized versions of the Minion® mobile, Scooby-doo®’s Mystery Machine, the Ghostbuster® Ecto-1, the Optimus Prime Transformer, and Luke’s X-wing fighter from Star Wars®. You’ll learn all about vehicle design, aerodynamics, and how to power LEGO® creations with gears and add motors.

Then, in the afternoon, we’ll use the K’NEX construction system to build structures and mechanical f/x to accompany our vehicles. Design a haunted house complete with a spinning “ghost“ for the Ghostbusters® to encounter. Build a motorized Tie-fighter to challenge Luke? Make a walking alien for Scooby to catch. Learn bridge-building techniques so that Optimus Prime can travel safely across the span. K’NEX is a great system that lets LEGO® lovers build large structures and motorized creatures by understanding the structural value of shapes such as boxes and trusses, and the nature of mechanisms such as hinges.

As with all of our camps, students get to use their creativity while learning new building techniques so that they are able to design anything that they can dream up!

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Camp Hours and Daily Schedule

  • 9:00-9:15 Project overview, key concepts and team-building
  • 9:15-10:20 Build motorized projects
  • 10:20-10:40 Outdoor recess (campers bring snacks)
  • 10:40-12:00 Program, customize, test, and play with creations
  • 12:00-12:30 Supervised lunch break (campers bring lunch)
  • 12:30-2:10 Build structures, creatures, and vehicles with K'NEX
  • 2:10-2:30 Outdoor recess (campers bring snacks)
  • 2:30-3:15 Continue K'NEX building + morning project (time permitting)
  • 3:15-3:30 Clean-up & review

Activities and Take Homes

Top Skills Gained Through Activities
Engineering ‑ Using Motors, Gears and Pulleys, Mechanism Design with LEGO® elements, Construction techniques with K'NEX® rods and connectors, Problem-solving and creative thinking.

Take Homes
Students take home a mini LEGO® building kit and a camp T-shirt. Note that students do not take home the daily building projects nor pieces from the class.

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