Brick City Bricks 4 Kidz

  Lady Liberty Academy has partnered with Newark's own Brick City Bricks 4 Kidz to provide S.T.E.M. learning and development to our students.The program provides an extraordinary atmosphere where students ignite their interest in science, technology, engineering and math as they build unique creations, play games, and have fun using LEGO Bricks. The activities are designed to trigger their lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. Students will receive a take home packet of the graphs, observations and lessons learned during the program for use later. 

 

During the 2017-2018 school year, students will participate in the following In-School Workshops:

Grades Served Themes and Descriptions
K

Math with Bricks – Counting and Cardinality

In this unit students will use hand-on learning activities to visualize and reinforce number names,  counting in sequence, number comparison and telling the number of objects.  This lesson is linked to 6 Common Standards under K.CC.

K

Math with Bricks – Operations and Algebraic Thinking 

In this unit students will use hand-on learning activities to visualize and reinforce addition, subtraction, decomposing numbers  and solving word problems with LEGO bricks. This lesson is linked to 4 Common Standards under K.OA.

K-3

How Things Move 

During this field trip students will identify objects that can and cannot move.  They will use words to describe the direction and/or speed of movement, for example, up, down, fast, slow. They will identify forces and observe what happens when you apply different forces to objects that can move. Make a bar graph to show how far objects moved when different forces were applied.

1+ (and up)

Reduce, Reuse,  and Recycle 

This unit explores many reasons why and ways to reduce,  reuse and recycle the waste that we create.  Students will define terms like renewable, landfill, greenhouse effect and generator  and build moving models of ways we reuse and recycle waste.

1-4

Natural Resources & Energy

This unit explores many sources of energy from wind and solar power to biofuel and fossil fuel. Students will define terms like renewable, landfill, greenhouse effect and generator  and build moving models of ways we power our world.

1-5

Interesting Inventions

During this unit, students will discuss the difference between  an invention and a discovery, learn how inventions solve problems, and find out how inventors get their ideas patented.

3-5

Simple Machines 

During this program, students will define work, explain how machines make our work easier, name the six simple machines and build models examples of those simple machines.

4+ (and up)

Forces & Motion: In Amusement Parks

As a part this workshop, students will define Newton’s three Laws of Motion, and build amusement park rides that demonstrate these  law in action.

4-6

Gears:  Hands -On Exploration 

As a part this exploration, students will define what gears  are and explain what gears can do. They will learn how to calculate gear ratios and explore how changing gear ratios changes how your machine functions by building a paper crinklier gadget using LEGO® gears and adjusting the ratios with each build.

6+ (and up)

 

Architecture & Engineering

Students learn about the many career paths for architects and engineers as well as build movable models that simulate many of the structures and machines created by engineers and architects.  Also in this workshop students understand the creative and problem solving process that these scientists utilize in their work.

6+ (and up)

DNA 

Students will develop an understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) structure; demonstrate how the base  pairing in the DNA structure carries the genetic code, and learn how mistakes in DNA replication may result in mutations that may be favorable or unfavorable for the organism.