With only a couple of weeks to go before the second annual Ottawa Maker Faire at Lansdowne Park, I thought this would be a good time to tell you about Club Square, a new facility for kids and (grand)parents that will feature zones hosting – among other things – cooking classes for teens, console gaming, a parents’ lounge, and Ottawa’s first Bricks 4 Kidz franchise.
While the interior construction of Club Square was still very much in progress at the time of our visit, my 12-year-old nephew (who I swear is a mechanicaI engineer in training) and I were pleased to have an opportunity to be bona-fide makers for a morning, all while playing with LEGO bricks.
This, friends, is the essence of Bricks 4 Kidz.
Under the skilled and watchful eye of our instructor, we made a Paper Crinkler and a Plate Spinner from a toolbox of bricks, gears, and a motor. Step-by-step full-colour instructions were provided to us on an iPad tablet. These were just two of more than 300 proprietary projects designed specifically for Bricks 4 Kidz by teams of architects, engineers, and teachers.
STEM? Hands-on? Doesn’t feel intimidating? You can bet that I wish I could build an engine for the mister’s TARDIS and go back to elementary school and reboot my interest in science and mathematics.
Bricks 4 Kidz caters to kids of all ages, from Duplo blocks for toddlers and preschoolers to advanced robotics groups for teens. Among other things, I learned that they will be running after-school programs and hosting birthday parties. (Which leads one to wonder, will they accept a booking for a party of 45 year olds?)
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