May 01, 2013

LEGO camp sessions will inspire creativity

by Kristen George

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host three different LEGO camps this summer to appeal to children of different ages and interests.

Continuing Education and Outreach will present numerous sessions of the popular camps during June and July.  The Beginning LEGO Engineering Camp is for children in first and second grades.  Children in third- through fifth-grade can attend the We Do Robotics LEGO Camp and/or the Advanced LEGO Engineering Camp.  All camps meet on the SIU campus.

Beginning LEGO Engineering Camp sessions are June 10-14, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19.  Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The participants will create a variety of projects from basic LEGO parts and construction including a car, pulley, conveyor, simple crane, car, folding chair, drawbridge, player piano, windshield wipers, helicopter, airplane, and merry-go-round. 

There will be five Advanced LEGO Engineering camps with sessions in the morning and afternoon. Camps will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon during June 17-21, and July 22-26 sessions.  The camp will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. during June 10-14, June 24-28 and July 15-19 sessions.

Campers’ projects will include a street cleaner, disk car, hand-held crane, mechanical hammer, disk speedster, windmill, sail car, go-cart, rail, walking stick, dog, crane/weighted/mobile cranes, dragster, tow truck, helicopter and airplane.  Many of the projects are motorized.

New projects and hands-on activities will explore renewable energy resources, use measurements and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes, and investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption.

There will be three sessions of the We Do Robotics LEGO camp.  The camp dates are June 17-21, July 8-12 and July 22-26, and each meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Campers will participate in creative learning experiences involving science, literacy, math and social studies using the LEGO Education We Do hardware and software.  These activities inspire children to think critically, solve problems and be creative.  The activities will incorporate a wild animals theme, with models including “Hungry Alligator, Flying Bird and Roaring Lion.”

Jon Davey, architecture professor and project director for the LEGO and Kid Architecture Camps is beginning his 31st year teaching design.  He has experience teaching in SIU’s architecture and interior design programs, as well as in the University of Wisconsin architecture program.  He has a major interest in inspiring young people to be creative and to have fun while learning.

To register for any of the LEGO camps, or for more information, contact Continuing Education and Outreach at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at