Kidizens offers on-site, in-class workshop options for Bay Area elementary school teachers and administrators that are interested in giving their students an opportunity to build and inhabit their own LEGO city right in their own classroom or on their school campus.
The Social Studies-based workshops are very engaging for the 6 – 11 year olds. They are unique in bridging and connecting civics, economics, geography, and history (the new C3 Frameworks). They also learn important social, emotional and leadership skills, all while having lots of fun with LEGOs.
Kidizens offers two workshop options for schools that are interested in applying for our workshops program:
These workshops follow the standard Kidizens’ yearly, age-appropriate, program model but are conducted on the school campus afterschool. There are four basic afterschool workshop options to choose from:
Young Entrepreneurs Workshop: focuses on economics and businesses, as students create their own budgets, products, advertisements and companies as part of a city simulation.
Young Mayors Workshop: brings government and civics to students as they manage a city of LEGOs, responding to citizens and voters as political issues arise.
Young Explorers Workshop: focuses on the “Age of Discovery” — life at sea as well as the Gold Rush, as our young captains build ships to sail to the LEGO New World in an attempt to establish a colony and maybe even find gold!
Build a City Workshop: students work in committees together to construct an entire city in a short period of time. In an engaging social environment, they must use analytical thinking, cooperative skills and effective communications to make decisions as a city council and provide for their citizens while managing a limited city budget.
These workshops are customized specifically for each school and can vary in length, curriculum, and location. We work with each selected school to design a specialized workshop that uniquely meets the needs of your students and your organization.
All of our workshops bring excitement to the classroom by engaging kids in a build and role-play atmosphere where they must work together to problem-solve at a high level. At the same time, each unit is geared to meet social studies grade level requirements for California, providing teachers with ways to meet report card standards that go beyond the text book.
For all our workshop options, Kidizens provides the teachers, lesson plans, LEGO blocks and building materials. The schools are responsible for selecting the location, promoting the workshops with students and parents, and working with Kidizens to manage the registration process.
Kidizens offers a limited number of these workshops each session and the interest from schools far exceeds our ability to service every request. View our current workshop offerings to see if your school is currently participating.
If your school might be interested in hosting a Kidizens workshop, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we will work with you to design the ideal workshop for your students.