Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hey Sydney – how are you entertaining the kids this September holidays?

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Sydney | School Holiday Workshops 2 | www.bit.ly:SydHolsBRICKS 4 KIDZ® School Holiday Workshops with LEGO® Bricks are a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their break in Sydney

With specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. Our school holiday programs are designed for kids ages 5 – 11 and are staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors. Children will work and play with designated LEGO® Technic pieces such as gears, axles, electric motors and more. In addition to our existing location in Willoughby, we’re excited to bring our workshop program to Mosman for the first time!

Our school holiday workshop themes in September include:

  • Mining and Crafting,
  • Teenage Brick Turtles,
  • Remote Control Mania,
  • Superhero Academy,
  • Angry Birdies and Bad Piggies,
  • Amusement Park Mayhem, and
  • the always popular Space Adventures!

 

How do the programs work?

Children work in small groups to build projects using BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model plans. They also get to make creations of their own during our creative play periods. We keep the action going with unique games and challenges using LEGO® Bricks to make sure they get their fill of LEGO® school holiday fun in an open, friendly and team-based environment!

 

Details

  • The school holiday workshops will be held at two locations: 1st Willoughby Scout Hall, 56 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068 and 1st Mosman Scout Group Hall, Avenue Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
  • The programs run Monday to Friday and are either one day, two day or half-day workshops.
  • In the July holidays, our workshops completely sold out. Get in quick before tickets are all gone!

 

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How much does a single piece of LEGO® cost? Good question – here’s an answer!

10443229_775932132458833_3462158387895281391_oSurely there should be a simple answer to this question?  Well, there’s not!  But a very good estimate was put forward by Rhett Allain (Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University) in an article in Wired magazine.

Prof Allain took publicly available data (kit prices and number of pieces per kit, available on the LEGO online store) and sorted all the info by theme (Star Wars™, Friends™, etc).  After crunching and graphing the data (and really, readers, if you haven’t already, you need to go back up and click the link to see the chart that the Prof produced!) he provides an answer – a single piece of LEGO® in a kit costs 10.4 US cents, on average.

He goes on to use this data to estimate the price of a LEGO® set with no pieces (US$7.34) and the LEGO® kit offering the most value (he recommends the Trevi Fountain, with 731 pieces for just US$49.99 – a set with this many pieces should cost about US$83!).

He concludes his article with homework!  If you’ve got a LEGO®-mad budding mathematician in the house, throw a few of these at him or her – I especially like this one:

I heard someone say that there are enough Lego bricks for everyone on the Earth to have 75 bricks. If these bricks were then sold (at a reasonable value) to some alien (off world) traders, how much would they have to pay for all the Earth’s Lego bricks?

Anyone? 🙂

 

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