The Mad Science Brixology Engineering 8-Week After School Program

Run by Mad Science of Southern Alberta

Tagged in: Science & Tech, Academics, After School, Cool & Unique, Kids

Using Lego® Bricks, critical thinking and cooperation students build eight different, one-of-a-kind, Engineering-Themed Projects. Students will use and further develop creative problem solving skills to test and improve builds, just like an engineer. All classes will be led by a Mad Scientist, are enhanced with detailed building instruction manuals and are accompanied by a unique Mad Science ® take-home project. Brixology is made up of the following 8 classes:

AEROSPACE: Launch your imagination to new heights as you explore aerospace engineering! Discover the secrets of working in space – efficiency and compact design. Create a trussed space station module, then connect it with others to create a massive modular spacecraft. Take Home: Astro-Lander.

TOWERS: Reach for the sky! Find out how structural engineers use ideas from physics to solve problems. Work together to build a structurally sound tower with a working elevator, then test and improve your design for strength and stability. Take Home: Sky Towers.

CARNIVALS: Feel the thrill as you build a spinning swing ride! Learn about the forces and mechanical engineering concepts behind some of your favorite amusement park rides. Then improve and test the design to create an even wilder ride. Take Home: Viking Ship Ride.

BOATS: Create a sea-worthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineering! Build and test a boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability. Take Home: Wave Rider.

CREATURES: Discover nature’s engineering secrets as we investigate biomimicry! We can learn a lot about efficient design from observing plants and animals. Build a walking insect machine then test different ways to help it climb up the steepest branch. Take Home: Locomotive Wind up Peacock.

BRIDGES: How can you build the strongest bridge? Work together with your fellow civil engineers to build and test different bridge designs. Then use what you’ve learned to create the strongest bridge possible. Take Home: Truss Bridge.

VEHICLES: Get in gear as an automotive engineer! Build a motorized vehicle and learn how to optimize it. Use wheels, axles and gears to reduce friction and make it work better. Then shift things into a higher gear to get a hands-on understanding of transmissions and gear ratios. Take Home: Hovercraft.

MACHINES: Engineering is creative! Learn how gears, levers, and pulleys are useful tools for mechanical engineers then combine them with art and design to create and test a motorized drawing machine. Take Home: Zipline Sky Roller.

Location and Program Information

Map to McKenzie Towne Hall

Where: McKenzie Towne Hall
40 McKenzie Towne Blvd SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2Z 4X5

For 21 years, Mad Science has been making science fun for children. Please visit our website to see all of our areas of business or call us at 403-263-4140. We would love to speak with you! Our mission is to Spark Imaginative Learning!

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