Fox Blocks ConStruct
|Calling all Junior Builders||Term 2, 2017
Unit: Building History
Our ConStruct program is a busy class for boys and girls who are budding junior engineers (Prep to Grade 2). Kids at this age are just starting to develop the concept of teamwork, and although this is a major key learning area running throughout the Fox Blocks program, it is a specific focus in the ConStruct class.
How does a class work? In a ConStruct class, the kids will work in pairs or small groups to achieve a set task. The task will relate to the overall theme of the term, and the majority of projects will be completed in one lesson.
How many kids in a class? In this age group we will have up to 8 children in each class. This means there is lots of one on one time with our teacher, and plenty of help at hand to solve tricky problems.
What materials do you use? In ConStruct we use a wide variety of educational engineering and construction resources. We mix and match our materials and resources, and use all these tools to solve the problems at hand. Each theme will have a different core resource (primarily Lego or Duplo Education, K'Nex, or Fischertechnik), and then will add in resources such as LittleBits, Superstructs, Snap Circuits, Magformers, Quadrilla, Keva Planks, or Engio).
Grown ups, it's important to remember that all resources we use are simply tools to explore and demonstrate concepts. Usually larger pieces are better suited for exploring engineering and science concepts, as the entire project (design, build, construct, test, re-design and evaluate) can be completed within one class. The more simplistic a resource, the better scope there is for challenge, invention, creative and divergent thinking, and overall a better educational outcome. This philosophy runs through our entire Fox Blocks program, you would be amazed at how much our Grade 7 kids love a lesson here and there that includes a bit of Duplo!
How long does the class go for? A ConStruct class runs for 45 minutes.
What do the kids take home each week? Each week the children will have a photo taken with their creation, which is then printed on a lesson information card. These build into a portfolio of work over the course of the term, with the kids able to look back and see all their creations they have build during their time in ConStruct.
What topics do you cover in ConStruct? Altogether there are 10 different ConStruct units, with a different unit run for each term of the year. The topics covered include space, aerodynamics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electricity, early physics, inventions, dinosaurs, and energy and motion.
Where did the Fox Blocks program come from? The Fox Blocks program has been designed and developed by our team of Flying Fox Studios teachers, right here in Brisbane. We have been running the program for almost 8 years from our Everton Park studio, and have seen thousands of children attend our classes over the years.
We are passionate about creating a curriculum that focus on all branches of the STEM tree, and not just one part. So throughout our entire Fox Block curriculum you will see all the elements of Science, Tenchnology, Engineering and Maths at play.
Who teaches the ConStruct classes? Currently all our construct classes are taught by Flying Fox Studios directer and Mechanical Engineer Justin Gilfillan.
Children must meet the minimum age requirement before enrolling in a class at Flying Fox Studios. This is our standard policy across all classes, programs, and age groups. This class is for children who are currently attending Prep, Grade 1 or Grade 2 (or home school equivalent). Children starting Prep in 2017 will be able to join this class in Term 1 2017.
From the Romans, who built the first roads, to modern towers that reach to the stars, we have a rich history when it comes to building some of the greatest structures ever known!
Term 2, 2017 classes begin on Monday 24th of April, 2017
Fox Blocks is a program unique to Flying Fox Studios. Written by educators and engineers, it combines play based learning for the littlies, instructional learning for the older kids, and lots of teamwork! You wont' find Fox Blocks in any other studio in Australia as it has been especially designed for Brisbane kids by our Flying Fox Studios educational team.
At Flying Fox Studios we offer a free trial lesson for all our term classes (Kindermusik, ZommArt for Kids, & Fox Blocks)