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Online Winter Break Camp
Written November 18, 2021 for the TechKnowHow Blog
Win a perfect holiday gift for any LEGO, Tech, or Minecraft Fanatic!
Students Gain Confidence, Have Fun Working Together in Minecraft Adventure Camps
November 18, 2021 .. Written by Kevin Saenz, Bob Mancini for the TechKnowHow Blog
There is nothing like a shared adventure, with its ups and downs, to bond people. We have seen this happen over and over in our online TechKnowHow Minecraft Adventure Camps. In these camps, students work in a group of 4 or 5, led by a teacher, to solve puzzles, design structures, and explore the mysteries of Minecraft.
Each adventure takes place in a custom Minecraft world, lovingly created by TechKnowHow curriculum designers, featuring intricate stories, dangerous temples, timed events, and challenging puzzles to experience.
A teacher introduces the students to the world and explains some general goals. Then, the students work together to move ahead toward their goals. When they work together in groups to solve large puzzles, participate in epic raids, and build elaborate structures, students learn social skills and practice critical thinking as a group. They learn to pose ideas and provide alternatives, how to compromise, and how to move forward with team consensus. And, even though it is a team experience, students also have time to work on their own, making their own paths in the grand adventure, creating unique structures and developing memories from overcoming challenges which will last for years to come.
Since everyone is in a shared virtual Minecraft world as well as connected with video and audio through Zoom, students are constantly communicating - sharing ideas, successes, and asking for help when needed. The teachers are there to facilitate progress and make suggestions, but the students work with each other to accomplish missions and discover things about both the Minecraft world and themselves. This safe environment promotes healthy online social skills allowing students to make new friends and become leaders in their own adventures.
What students mostly discover is that it is fun to work with others towards common goals. They also learn that they enjoy working in a group where they feel a sense of belonging and contribution. That's the true power of technology - bringing people together in positive, constructive experiences!
For us at TechKnowHow, the virtual Minecraft survival adventure camps have been a wonderful outcome arising from the difficulties created by the covid pandemic.
See our upcoming Minecraft camps. Currently, there are three themes with their own stories to explore. Survival Island encompasses classic Minecraft experiences, from finding secret dungeons to exploring the Nether to defeating the Ender Dragon. Castle Quest throws players in a magical world filled with runes and powers unique to this custom Minecraft world. The new Atlantis Adventure will have students go through dungeons and pirate raids in order to find the fabled lost city.
We hope that your child will be able to participate in one of the upcoming adventure camps!
Congrats to the Holiday LEGO
Written November 12, 2021 for the TechKnowHow Blog
Congratulations to Kristy W. who is the winner of the 3 LEGO holiday kits! Thanks to everyone for participating. Stay tuned for our next holiday sweepstakes coming soon.
Enter our Holiday LEGO
Written October 29, 2021 for the TechKnowHow Blog
Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays give us all a chance to be creative. Maybe it is through cooking or baking, creating crafts, serving with our personal gifts, or just by picking out special items that you know others will love.
We are offering a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive 3 classic LEGO kits, perfect for sparking creativity! You can enter to win the 3 kits by clicking on the link below. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. The contest runs until November 12, 2021 at 9 am PST. There will be one randomly selected winner, plus everyone who enters will receive a $20 digital coupon that can be used towards a TechKnowHow Online Thanksgiving or Winter Break Camp through January 7, 2022. Space in camp is limited, so offer is valid only while space is available.
Enter the sweepstakes here: Click Here to Enter
Sweepstakes Items - Winner Gets All 3 Kits:
2021 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
Mandalorian fans get a delightful surprise every day in the run-up to Christmas with the LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a LEGO minifigure, LEGO figure, buildable vehicle, or accessory, all inspired by Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2.
Items include 7 LEGO minifigures/figures/droids including The Mandalorian and the Child, affectionately known as Baby Yoda, both in festive outfits, plus a Scout Trooper, Stormtrooper, Tusken Raider, IG-11 and IT-O Interrogator Droid. Mini builds such as The Razor Crest, TIE Fighter, Tusken ballista snow launcher, training targets and the Child’s hoverpram.
LEGO Pilgrim's Feast (Retired Set)
One of the few Thanksgiving sets made by LEGO over the years, this one features a pleasant Pilgrim sitting on a pumpkin eating turkey.
Makes a nice decoration on any Thanksgiving table. And, building it is a nice way to keep kids busy while preparing the Thanksgiving meal.
LEGO Jolly Santa (Retired Set)
This 74-piece build comes in a polybag and features a happy Santa with a backpack giftbag and 3 colored gifts. Santa's beard, belly and clothing are captured perfectly.
LEGO introduced this Santa a year after they released another Santa, which was nicely detailed but could be a bit scary for some children. This Santa certainly succeeds in being loveable and kid-friendly!
No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
To enter, a person must be least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry.
Limit 1 Entry per Participant.
The Sweepstakes ends on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 9 am PDT. One winner will be randomly selected and then notified within 3 days following the selection. The 3 kits will be mailed to the winner shortly afterwards.
For participating, all entrants receive 1 digital coupon for $20 off any one TechKnowHow Online Camp held during the Thanksgiving or Winter Break period through January 7, 2022. Coupons will be sent to participant's email address by November 15, 2021. Space in camps is limited; coupons are valid only while space is available.
For complete rules go to www.techknowhowkids.com/sweepstakes
Winner of our Halloween
LEGO Project Giveaway
Written October 22, 2021 for the TechKnowHow Blog
Congratulations to the Halloween Sweepstakes winner Melaney R. who will be receiving our special Monsters builds.
Stay tuned for our next contest featuring LEGO Holiday kits to build. Details coming out next week!