Last week I worked with Snapology to bring their Amazing Animals Robotics program into St. Peter’s School as a classroom activity for Henry and his classmates. As class moms my friend Rachel and I were faced with finding an activity that would keep 24 6-7 year olds entertained, allow the moms to catch up and give our teachers a break for 60 minutes.
Larry Davis from Snapology arrived at school with laptops and stacks of organized LEGO kits. The kiddos sat down in pairs and got to work. After firing up the laptops and a little bit of instructions each team followed the pictures on the laptop to build their LEGO creations. Once everything was built the kids learned how to program their creation to make their LEGO ducks spin around. Sounds simple but you should have heard the cheers and seen the smiles on the kids once they realized what they had accomplished.
The event was successful in every way possible. The kids were completely engaged in their projects. In fact they were so busy that the entire table of donuts, cookies , and other goodies went untouched for majority of the party. Parents pitched in at different parts and we even had our Director of Innovation & Upper School Science Teacher stop in to help and hang out with us. He confirmed that Snapology projects were perfect for their age group and gave it the thumps up as far as a great way to introduce STEM to our Lower School students. Everyone had a great time. The kids thought they were just doing LEGOs and had no idea that we sneaked a STEM lesson into the party!
As with the other Snapology instructors I have encountered Larry was great with the kids. Let’s be honest, controlling a group of 24 kids around LEGOs is not exactly a small feat. He was not overly animated or excited. Instead the kids were treated like the small and smart people they are and they were really engaged and comfortable with asking for help. Once the kids got rolling Larry and parents provided more of a support role for any hiccups. Anytime I run an event I stress over everyone’s experience and he even did great with me as my type-A kicked in and I hovered. I eventually chilled out and left everyone alone.
If you have a birthday party coming up, special event or need a great way to bring age appropriate STEM into your school check out Snapology. Want to sign up for their next class? There are still a few slots left in their Amazing Animal Robotics six week series that starts on Wednesday, January 6th at University City Arts League. All the details are below.
Amazing Animals Robotics:Build a robotic zoo featuring models with working motors and sensors! Work in teams under guided instruction to build and program LEGO® models. Build a different model each class! Learning is enhanced through use of laptops and special software.
This is ideal for all kids from about 6-12 yrs of age. Class is on 6 Wednesdays from 1/6/16 – 2/10/16 and is $96/child. 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Click here to register: https://philly.snapology.com/schedule