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K'NEX Courses


Depending on the requirement, our sessions last from 45minutes - 10 hours (see accredited)
The majority of the courses we run tend to be 2 hour taster sessions or 6 hour science and forces sessions.

Whether we are building cars, helicopters, ferris wheels, bridges, amazing towers, or cranes, K'NEX sessions are always challenging and great fun!

2 hour K'NEX taster session overview
We start by getting each team to build an identical model from instructions. This is a good way to introduce K'NEX and demonstrate how it fits together to those who may not have used it before.

We enhance each session with a variety of motors (battery/spring).
Once we have demonstrated how these work and how you connect wheels to axels etc.we set the teams a challenge.

These sessions are about evaluation and development, teamwork and overcoming the challenge set.

A lesson plan is produced for each 2 hour session.
Some of the Aims and Objectives are listed below:

Aims: The aim of the session is to

1. Introduce participants to the uses of K'NEX: building structures and mechanisms
2. Introduce the concept of using K'NEX challenges
3. Explore the use of motors with K'NEX
4. Improve vehicle designs through evaluated races


Outcomes: By the end of the session, students will be able to:

1. Appropriately use and have an understanding of different motors and effectively evaluate the models made
2. Have an understanding of sorting, matching, symmetry, forces, friction, balance and counter balance
3. Demonstrate skills associated with appropriate discussion for context and negotiation skills
4. Show enhanced skills: problem solving, speaking and listening, negotiation skills, team building


6 hour K'NEX Session overview

Science and Engineering

These courses can be run either over 2 separate 3-hour sessions or as a 1 day session (with an hour for lunch).

These 6 hour courses link to the KS2 + 3 national curriculum and the adult core literacy and numeracy curricula.

The courses start with an introduction and discussion on forces, science and design and the building of a relatively simple model.

Each session finishes with a challenge such as building a bridge over a 1 metre span to hold an 8kg weight, or to build a crane and program commands so that it carries out a given task on it's own. My own personal favourite to build a lunar buggy that will navigate around moon rocks!

We utilise the eggbox controller for many of these sessions.
Adults and children alike find these sessions extremely challenging and fun!

These sessions are about evaluation and development, teamwork and overcoming the challenge set.

A lesson plan is produced for each 6 hour session.
Some examples of the Aims and Objectives are listed below:

Aims: The aim of the session is to

1. Introduce participants to the uses of K'NEX: building structures and mechanisms
2. Explore the use of motors with K'NEX
3. Explore the use of forces, gravity, weight and friction in bridge design
4. Introduce new terminology, such as 'loading, 'compression' and 'tension'
5. Introduce the application of computer controlled K'NEX technology and show the correct use of flow charts.
6. Enhance problem solving and team work skills within 'family' groups.


Outcomes: By the end of the session, students will be able to:

1. Appropriately use and apply new terminology to improve bridge design
2. Have an understanding of sorting, matching, symmetry, forces, friction, weight and balance
3. Demonstrate an awareness of different bridges and how to construct them
4. Effectively evaluate the models made and work to prescribed criteria
5. Appropriately use and have an understanding of motors and axels
6. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of using computer-controlled technology to manipulate mechanisms with the aid of flow-charting.
7. Show enhanced skills: problem solving, speaking and listening, negotiation skills, team building


Skills for Life Aims:

1. Use positional vocabulary MSS2/E2.3
2. Solve problems using the mathematical properties of regular 2-D shapes (e.g. tessellation or symmetry). MSS2/L1.1
3. Solve problems involving 2-D shapes and parallel lines MSS2/L2.2
4. Listen for and identify relevant information from explanations and presentations on a range of straightforward topics SLlr/L1.1
5. Make requests and ask questions to obtain detailed information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts SLc/L2.2
6. Use appropriate phrases for interruption and change of topic SLd/L2.2
7. Support opinions and arguments with evidence SLd/L2.4
8. Respect the turn taking rights of others during discussions SLd/L1.2
9. Identify the main points and specific detail, and infer meaning from images which is not explicit in the text Rt/L1.3


Computer control sessions
Go to the ICT section for more details on our computer control courses.

10 hour accredited courses
These 10hour courses are OCN accredited and a great way for new learners to gain their first recognised qualification.

Flexibility
Ultimately we can tailor specific challenges to your own requirement, theme or event. We take part in many science/engineering festivals throughout the UK and are very happy to design a session/s that fits with your event.

Set up and session overview

The size of the room will depend on which workshop you would like us to run really.

The general set up is tables and chairs with 4 or 5 people sitting at each table.

We bring 10 complete boxes of K'NEX so can support a minimum of 10 separate teams. Ideally 25-30 people is the maximum per workshop.

We also bring electric motors (and fresh batteries to avoid excuses).

If we are running a workshop with static models (eg. cranes, bridges, ferris wheels) then that's all that is required.

If we are 'racing cars'...our favourite!...then we need somewhere to race.

We usually run the race over a straight-line course of at least 6metres approx. We have run the races outside also which is an option, weather permitting.

We provide instruction cards for each team explaining the challenge.

We start by getting everyone to build a simple identical K'NEX model to ensure any new users are familiar before we begin the serious stuff!

The sessions are about problem solving, engineering and teamwork.

We also provide certificates and K'NEX key rings, which the children (and parents) make themselves to take away...this helps with any emotional attachment to the models they have made!

Ultimately we provide everything required except the tables, chairs and space. The workshops are always well attended and usually over subscribed as K'NEX is popular in homes and schools...dads love it too!

Cost

2 hour courses start from 225
2 x 2 hour sessions (same day) would be 395 (can be separate venues)

6 hour courses start from 395
Mileage would be set at 40pence per mile.
All pricing exclusive of VAT

If you have a specific requirement for would be interested in multiple sessions, we would be delighted to discuss individual pricing.

Funding
Family Learning are usually happy to fund K'NEX family events.

Marketing
We are able to provide electronic templates of A4 posters and invitations to help promote the sessions.

References
Contact details for references are available upon request.


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