Weekly classes

Our LEGO® classes are 60 to 90 minutes in length and follow the school term schedule. These weekly classes have been designed around LEGO Education’s 4C principles of Connect, Construct, Contemplate and Continue.  Through guidance and teamwork, our Mini-Engineers will build simple machines, learn STEM concepts, have fun and inspire each other.   With exception of Nursury Classes, children build in teams of two and each team is given their own LEGO kit. 
 

DUPLO Tech Machines

Age Group:
4 to 5 years (Reception to Year 1)
Is your child fascinated by machines?  Do they love to build a design and adapt it to their own specifications?  In this class, children will learn about a variety of transport and machines that we use on land, in the sea and in the air.  Using Technic DUPLO bricks and elements plus a screwdriver to secure the bricks with simple screws, children will build machines from DUPLO in a way they have never done so before.  Come to explore and construct the world around us in your DUPLO Tech Machine!

AUTUMN TERM
Saturdays - South Kensington - 10:30 to 11:30
Sundays - Hampstead - 10:00 to 11:00
 

Architecture and Structures

Age Group:
5 to 8 years (Year 1 to Year 3)
Houses and skyscrapers of the 20th and 21st centuries use super strong materials and advanced engineering to keep them standing sturdy and tall, but how did medieval architects build such impressive structures, such as Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle, that have stood for centuries?
 
This course will cover everything from building techniques to architectural features to interior design.  Building in pairs, the children will use the Mini-Engineers LEGO architecture kit to design and construct their brief each week.  We'll go through the basics of planning and building your own house, from designing the layout, to putting the finishing touches on the furnishings.  We'll also take inspiration from the architecture of some of the great castles and cathedrals around Britain, making our own miniature copies of their key architectural features.  By the end of this class, your child will be eager to show off their new architectural building skills.

AUTUMN TERM
Mondays - Mansel Centre, Wimbledon - 16:00 to 17:15
Saturdays - South Kensington - 9:00 to 10:15
Sundays - Hampstead - 11:15 to 12:30

Introduction to Mini Machines

Age Group:
6 to 11 years (Year 2 to Year 6)
Notes:
Recommended for experienced and confident builders

Most children love building with LEGO, but how about taking it to the next level and building motorised models?  Using the LEGO Education WeDo Kit, which includes a variety of technic bricks and elements, children will learn hands-on how to build simple motorised machines with a battery pack.  From wheels and axles to gears, pulleys and belts, each week children will learn basic mechanical concepts that will aid in their building of LEGO models that move.  In pairs, children will build a different motorised model each week.  There will be plenty of scope for creativity too, with opportunities for children to incorporate what they've learned with their imagination to build amazing movable creations.

AUTUMN TERM
Mondays - Wimbledon - 16:00 to 17:30
Saturdays - South Kensington - 11:45 to 13:15
Sundays - Hampstead - 12:45 to 14:15
 

Introduction to Mechanisms

Age Group:
8 to 11 years (Year 4 to Year 6)
Prerequisite:
Year 3 children accepted if completed Advanced Mini Machines
It’s time to unleash your child’s creativity!! This class will build the links between their radiant minds, the fundamentals of kinetic energy and problem solving.  Swing their mind-set into a domino effect from multiple mechanics of levers, hammers, falling balls and more that will transform their knowledge of building LEGO into smashing realisations of science.  This epic journey of discovery brings teams and their models together into one long chain reaction that will inspire their imagination to use LEGO differently.     


AUTUMN TERM
Saturdays - South Kensington - 9:00 to 10:30
 

'FIRST LEGO' League Robotics Challenge

Age Group:
9 to 12 years (Year 5 to Year 8)
Notes:
Recommended for experienced technic builders looking for a challenge
Calling all experienced mini-engineers looking to test their skills! This term Mini-Engineers is embarking on an exciting new challenge - we are entering a team into the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Challenge, a worldwide tournament for LEGO builders. Team members will learn valuable life skills including problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills.
 
FIRST LEGO League is a global technology challenge for teams of young people. It encourages them to take interest in world issues and teaches key skills for their lives.   This year’s theme is “Into Orbit”.
 
The Mini-Engineers team will work together to learn about the theme and to design, build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to beat a series of challenges.  This class will culminate at the Regional Tournament, where they will present and test their robot against other teams!  

AUTUMN TERM
Saturdays - South Kensington - 10:45 to 12:30
“The Mini-Engineers class was a fantastic experience for Alexandar. He has many Lego sets at home but he was never really into them. Since we came to Mini-Engineers workshop Alex has changed completely. He built all his Lego sets independently and now he has his Lego corner in his bedroom.  Great club!  We are looking forward to many more Lego sessions.”

Marina K. (mum)
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