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Programs in a Box: Castles!: A Medieval Building Series


March 20, 2018

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Programs in a Box is generously supported by the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences and the Estate of Mary McConnell Bailey.

BODY: Let’s go back to a time of lords, knights, jousting, and really large buildings called castles! Learn to create and build the different components of a castle with LEGO® bricks!


Week 1: Castle Curtain Walls- Children will be introduced to the idea of a medieval castle and focus on discovering the components of the exterior wall of a castle’s compound-- the curtain wall! They will also learn about its various architectural features such as battlements and arrow loops; AND, if there’s time, they will use LEGO® simple machines to add on a moving drawbridge.

Week 2: Towers- Children will continue their exploration of castles, focusing this time on a castle tower, or a keep. As they create, they will learn about the architectural features,  as well as the function and evolution of towers. For an extra challenge, children will be invited to add on a mobile element.

Week 3: The Great Hall- Participants will explore the interior of a castle compound, learning about the various buildings one would find inside. This week we will learn about one of these buildings, the Great Hall! Children will learn about its purpose, the architectural features unique to the building, and finally, create their own unique Great Hall!

Week 4: Combine and Create with Catapults!-  In the final session of the castle exploration series students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the various features of a castle and create their very own ENTIRE castle! For those children who want to create an advanced addition to their castle, they can even create a catapult!


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  • Audience: Children, School Age (5-12 years), Children