Young Senators Winter / Spring Program
In the Kidizens “Young Senators” program, students govern a state comprised of the cities from our regular Kidizens program. The Young Senators serve as the representatives of a state government, working with their constituencies to enact laws and bills. The Young Senators also build their own LEGO city, which serves as the state capital and feature a capitol building and government structures as well as museums, highways and perhaps a mall or esplanade. They work with each city’s representatives in formulating tax rates, fighting crime and dealing with environmental issues and major business plans. The committees of Senators also act as political advisors and come up with challenging and interesting situations to which the Mayors and representatives from different cities respond to.
Winter Spring Program
Our cities (capital and regular) will continue to exist until the end of May and here is a detailed preview of some of the exciting events coming up at Kidizens during the second half of the year. We have incorporated a few new things and fun elements from our Leadership program with the hope to create a perfect social, yet slightly competitive, learning environment for our senators to get challenged, thrive and have fun! This program is targeted at kids from 9-11, those who have done 2-3 sessions of our regular Kidizens or those who are at 5th grade or young middle-school equivalent grade levels.
As always the Senators will be serving dual functions as both residents and local legislators for their capital city overseeing the governance of the state, as well as representative Senators to the larger Kidizens state at large. As their constituent cities grow, the Senators will more actively work with those that they represent to implement state taxes, infrastructure, laws and managing the state’s budget, debt and economy. As always, teamwork, compromise and communication will be skills that will develop further and serve the senators in good stead.
Our capital city will continue to grow as the Senators begin to analyze businesses as a thrust to boost the economy in the capital city (and the state). We will be studying a wide range of advanced economics concepts as the Senators put on their entrepreneurial hats, create new businesses and analyze constituent city businesses.
In addition, the election season will kick off and the newly elected Governor will take his or her place as head of the state’s executive branch. Since the governor ran on a platform of ideas, he or she will soon bring those ideas to the Senate in an attempt to implement his or her policies. No doubt controversial issues such as health care, education and public transportation will be on the docket. There will also be elections for other cabinet positions and the head of the Judiciary Branch who will rule on the constitutionality of controversial laws.
Weather will also be on the Senators’ minds as they create the new Kidizens Weather Center. We will dive into weather concepts in a series of lessons in which we will study weather terms and the jobs that meteorologists perform and look at some test storm/blizzard cases. The Senators will be in charge of reporting weather events to their constituent cities and issuing weather “warnings” and “watches” related to storms, blizzards, tornados, flooding and fires.
In the following weeks, the Senators will also create an enormous map of the Kidizens Cities, with each senator helping to survey the city that he or she represents. We will also be studying a bit about the history of cartography and the features of maps such as keys and legends.
Then the Senators study mathematics in the context of the Kidizens Cities. Using their constituent cities as places to examine, we will be talking about concepts such as perimeters, area, the Metric System and geometry. In addition, the senators will have a chance to solve mathematics word problems related to the cities. As states begin to trade with one another, the senators will also use their math and analytical skills to analyze the fairness of proposed deals and trades.
Meanwhile, the Senators will continue to oversee the governance of the state by instituting environmental regulations and will have an opportunity to understand the environmental impact on the economy, creating a program to help minifigures in poverty, organize the newly established Kidizens Baseball League and providing a new government for LEGO Island.
In addition, we will be interspersing the entire semester with some fun elements from our Leadership program. In order to create a competitive spirit, the Senators will be ranked on each of the issue they choose to represent for the state – finances, technology (by the businesses), environment, education, etc.
The year would end in a World’s Fair in which the Senators (and their constituents) will focus on both cultural heritage and the future. In this celebration of the Kidizens State, the Senators will organize tributes to the accomplishments of the year as well as looking to the future — imagining and presenting what a Kidizens city might look like in the year 2100.
The Spring session is going to be a whole lot of work, a whole lot of learning and, of course, a whole lot of fun!
Dates: The classes run the weeks of January 9th -May 15th with a week off for Winter Break, Feb 20th – 24th . There will also an additional week of field trips scheduled for the class.
Pricing: $720 for the 18 week session