Parks & Rec - Summer Play-Well Programs

We offer programs for ages 6-8 and 9-12 for the June program and  ages  5-6 and 7-11 for the August program. See below for all the fun details.

Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1
Robotics Using LEGO® WeDo
This program is FULL. Please email recreation@northamptonma.gov or call 587-1040 to be placed on the wait list.
For: Ages 6 - 8     
Time: 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: JFK Middle School, Community Room
Fee: $190 residents (non-residents add $10)
 Instructor: Play-Well Staff
Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components. Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors. This is a great way to prepare young Robotics enthusiasts for our more advanced Robotics programs.

Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1
Robotics Using LEGO® NXT

For: Ages 9 - 12 
Time: 1:00p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: JFK Middle School, Community Room
Fee: $190 residents (non-residents add $10)
Instructor: Play-Well Staff
Build and program robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms NXT system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun. Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5
Pre-Engineering Using LEGO®

For: Ages 5 - 6     
Time: 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Street School, Cafeteria
Fee: $150 residents (non-residents add $10)
Instructor: Play-Well Staff
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of  LEGO® with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5
Engineering Fundamentals Using LEGO®

For: Ages 7 - 11 
Time: 1:00p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Street School, Cafeteria
Fee: $150 residents (non-residents add $10)
 Instructor: Play-Well Staff
Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, an experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. If you want to see more about the Play-Well programs, check out their website at www.play-well.org.
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