Easter and Summer Junior Engineering and Design Camp

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Columbus Junior Engineering Camp

Our Columbus Engineering Camp is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning with Lego equipment.

Students are grouped according to age and are exposed to a variety of different themes to lead them to our Learning Outcomes throughout the week.

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Students take part in group projects as well as individual and small group activities.Students learn new skills and have ample opportunities to implement these new found skills during the course of the week. Time is also allocated to “free play” each day. This provides students with the opportunity to develop their level of play with their new found skills. Columbus Engineering Camp is divided into three age groups. 

Age: 3-4years

  • Using toy construction bricks the young engineer is taught by qualified individuals to construct colourful creations such as buildings, pyramids and towers.
  • Children work in groups and get individual attention to ensure their day is filled with fun, as they learn the very basics of construction, balance, engineering and design. 

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Age: 5-7 years

  • This workshop based summer camp allows children to develop their construction and engineering abilities.
  • They will be taught the basics of structural engineering using plastic bricks and construction pieces by a qualified engineer.
  • Both individual and group projects are carried out across the week, ensuring a fun-filled, highly educational week.
  • Children will leave with a knowledge of structural engineering, the effect of force, balance and suspension. 

Columbus Senior Engineering Camp

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Age: 8-12 years

  • This is the most advanced of our engineering camps.
  • Here the older students are led by a qualified engineer in a week of workshops in structural engineering
  • Plastic bricks and connecting pieces are used to create a wide range of constructions, including pyramids, skyscrapers, bridges and wind turbines.
  • Students will also work on computer software at Columbus Club to learn about Robotics and its applications. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Construction: This provides children with the opportunity to work on team building projects, as well as time to explore their own creativity through free building.
  • Bridge Construction: Students will learn how “to come up” with their own design and implement it, as well as learning the importance of structural soundness.
  • Machines and Mechanisms: Students learn to explore resources for physical science and technology including renewable energy and pneumatics.
  • Forces and Energy: Students explore kinetic and potential energy through the construction of mechanisms and vehicles.
  • Problem Solving: Students will discover ways to make vehicles go faster downhaill (e.g. change weight). We could ask them to make a bridge to span a certain distance but use the minimum amount of materials.
  • Lego Technic: Students experience how to build vehicles with motors and gears (mechanical engineering).
  • Measurement: Students learn how to measure distance, gearing down, gear ratios, calibrating scales etc.
  • Renewable Energy Add-On Set: These kits allows students to learn all about renewable energy sources, and is compatible with the Machines and Mechanisms modules. These sets feature a solar panel, turbine blades, a motor/generator, LED lights and an extension wire.
  • Midstorm: Lego at this level appeals to childrens who are interersted in computers, building and creating, programming and robotics. 

Definition of terms

Your child will learn about Potential energy which is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body. For example, a Lego vehicle at the top of a slopr.

They will also experience the Kinetic energy of an object which is the energy it possesses due to its motion.

Friction is the force resisting the relative motion of solid surfaces, fluid layers, and material elements sliding against each other. For example, the children will be taught why their vehicles come to a stop eventually. They will understand it the theoryas they work through some exercises in a practical way.

Pneumatics is a section of technology that deals with the study and application of pressurised gas to produce mechanical motion. Again students will learn solid knowledge in this section through hands-on approach using the various kits.

Easter Dates:

Week 1: Monday, 10th April – Thursday, 13th April
Week 2: Tuesday, 18th April – Friday, 21st April.

Times: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Fees:  €120

Summer Dates:

  • Week 1: Tuesday, 6th June – Friday, 9th June
  • Week 2: Monday, 12th June – Friday, 16th June
  • Week 3: Monday, 19th June – Friday, 23rd June
  • Week 4: Monday, 26th June – Friday, 30th June
  • Week 5: Monday, 3rd July – Friday, 7th July
  • Week 6: Monday, 10th July – Friday, 14th July
  • Week 7: Monday, 17th July – Friday, 21st July
  • Week 8: Monday, 24th July – Friday, 28th July
  • Week 9: Tuesday, 1st August – Friday, 4th August
  • Week 10: Monday, 7th August – Friday, 11th August
  • Week 11: Monday, 14th August – Friday, 18th August

Times:    9.00am -3.00pm

Fees:     €130

               Bank Holiday weeks / 4 days week €120  

 

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