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Young LEGO Engineers Create STEM Projects At Summer Camp



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Newtown Parks & Recreation had multiple LEGO-focused summer camps this season, including its STEM + Super Hero Engineering With LEGO Materials camp. It was offered to children ages 5 to 10 and took place at Newtown Middle School from July 25 to 29.

The course was led by Play-Well TEKnologies Instructors Libby Connolly and Manal Moufid, who taught campers a variety of projects throughout the week. Some of the machines students worked to make were chugging steamboats, enchanting moon bridges, and bustling airports.

Tracey Valcin, the Connecticut/New York Area Manager of Play-Well TEKnologies, shared that on Thursday, July 28, campers focused on the Phantom Zone Portal.

“The Phantom Zone is a prison dimension featured in Superman comic books. In the LEGO Batman film, the Joker creates a master plan to trick Batman into sending him to the Phantom Zone — an alternate dimension where the worst of Superman’s enemies are taken! While there, the Joker pools all of the worst villains across the LEGO Universe together to take down Batman!” she explained.

Campers had fun while thinking critically on how to use LEGOs to create a Tightrope Unicycle.

“In this STEM project, they will engage in concepts including balance, counterbalance, hanging, and rolling,” Valcin said.

Throughout the day campers worked together, as well as individually, to create masterpieces they were proud to show off.

To learn more about Play-Well TEKnologies, visit play-well.org.

Reporter Alissa Silber can be reached at alissa@thebee.com.

Teachers Libby Connolly, left, and Manal Moufid, right, smile with their students during the STEM + Super Hero Engineering With LEGO Materials camp at Newtown Middle School on Thursday, July 28. —Bee Photos, Silber
From left are young LEGO enthusiasts Michael Sadowski and Daniel Ramzy showing the creations they made together earlier in the week.
Camper Liam Fox looks through a plastic container of different LEGO parts to use for his tightrope unicycle, which was the project of the day on July 28.
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