Schools Currently Offering Kidizens Workshops
Kidizens is proud to partner with select schools in the bay area that embrace project-based learning philosophies to offer a variety of Kidizens workshops that combine civic and economic learning with LEGO fun for students. Our upcoming Spring workshops are:
Synapse School, Menlo Park
Kidizens: City Builders and Young Entrepreneurs Workshop
In this continuation of our fall program, our Kidizens cities will continue their urban development. First of, we will begin the unit in which we study businesses. The workshop will teach the basics of managing a business using the exciting environment of a LEGO model city that the children have built in Fall. Each child will design, build, budget and manage a business of their choice. In this context, we will discuss economic concepts such as budgets, loans, profits and overhead, as our Young Entrepreneurs will use their ingenuity and acumen to make their businesses appealing to customers resulting in successful, profitable ventures. In addition, they will serve on a citywide city council to manage urban affairs of the city which may have the potential to affect their businesses and appeal to customers.
In the second half of the spring session, the kidizens will head for LEGO Island. In the process, the students will build old-fashioned ships and learn about explorers. Later, they will study the California Gold Rush and have the chance to dig for LEGO gold.
All the while, we will also be studying the court system, building city halls, solving water dilemmas, studying the environment, making our cities more environmentally friendly, building and selling cars, designing floats for the Kidizens May Fete Parade, constructing hospitals and constructing extravagant landmarks for our cities. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun!
German American International School
Kidizens Build-A-City Workshop
“Build-A-City” workshop is a 14-weeks workshop filled with creativity and excitement – where the kids build an entire LEGO city, while learning about important civic and economic concepts, in a fun, social learning environment. In this workshop, students work in committees together to construct an entire city in a short period of time. In an engaging social environment, they must use analytical thinking, cooperative skills and effective communications to make decisions as a city council and provide for their residents while managing a limited city budget. The kids will role-play as city council members to address situations, problems and needs and as such gain problem solving, public speaking and many real-life skills and experience.
Offered Thursdays: 2pm – 3pm; Starts 02/06/14
Keys School, Palo Alto
Nueva School, Hillsborough
Bullis Charter School, Los Altos