By Elizabeth Varville, Correspondent
The first Bricks 4 Kidz camp was held at the Harris Community Center in Belton March 14 – 18. The camp offers students alternative opportunities in activities for spring break.
“Bricks 4 Kidz is franchise-owned so each owner determines what features are incorporated into their program. We are best known for our after-school program in this area. Teachers are required to pass a background check and follow along with existing teachers to become part of the program. Our area’s main focus is robotics. We have about 30 different robots. Robotics teaches engineering and problemsolving. Our program is designed for third grade and up,” said program teacher Crystal Grant.
According to bricks4kidz.com, since 2008, the programs have provided a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide kids with the opportunity to solve problems and develop an appreciation for how things work, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere. The goals of the program are to introduce engineering and architecture principles; explore all four of the S.T.E.M. concepts-science, technology, engineering and math, increase general knowledge through discussions related to each model; develop social and emotional skills such as patience, teamwork and communication; enhance self-esteem by solving problems and completing projects and improve fine and gross-motor skills as children manipulate small components. Guided by experienced teachers and built around exciting themes like Amusement Parks, Space and Robotics, children will enjoy using LEGO® Bricks to build specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz models, play LEGO® games and explore the world of engineering, architecture and animated movie-making. Using specialized LEGO® Technic pieces such as gears, axles, and electric motors, children work in pairs to construct a variety of Bricks 4 Kidz models, as well as build creations of their own during free-play periods.
For more information on after-school enrichment classes, birthday parties, in-school workshops, pre-school classes, and Kidz Night out please visit bricks4kidz.com or call Director Michael Dark at 254-598-1172.