Fox Blocks Engineering - STEM Classes for kids.

STEM class for kids Fox Blocks

Term 4 2017
Timetable & Bookings

Term 1, 2018
Class Times & Bookings


B-Blocks (Kindy 3.5 to 5 years)

Con-Struct (Prep to Grade 2)

iBuild (Grade 2 to Grade 4)

C-Zone (Grade 5 to Grade 7)

UpGrade - Pop up workshops

 


Fox Blocks is a unique and innovative hands on engineering and construction program for kids that is designed to foster skills, knowledge and a love of learning in the areas of construction, engineering, science, maths and technology.

Developed by Flying Fox Studios educators, and run from our Everton Park studio since 2009, Fox Blocks is one of Brisbane's longest running STEM focused kids extracurricular activities.

In a Fox Blocks class we use more than just one resource, we combine and integrate a wide variety of materials throughout our entire program. Combining learning concepts in a fun and creative way, the Fox Blocks program uses educational resources such as Lego, Duplo, K’nex, Quadrilla, LittleBits, Fischertechnik, IQ Key, Snap Circuits, Plus Plus, Goldieblox and Magformers, as well as a wide variety of everyday materials.

Each Fox Blocks term has a unique theme, often using different resources and different materials from the term prior. This enables kids to explore a wide variety of tools, and discover concepts and understanding as they learn.

The Fox Blocks program is designed for kids from Kindy to Grade 7, and is organised in small classes of 8 to 10 children (depending on age). The small group classes facilitate teamwork and enhance social skills, as kids solve problems together under the guidance of the teacher.

Fox Blocks is a fully developed curriculum, where children can begin a class when they are 3.5 years of age and continue to Grade 7 without repeating a unit.

The Fox Blocks program builds expertise and confidence for kids who may be tomorrow’s builders, designers, engineers, architects, artists or inventors. Problem solving, planning, analysing, sorting, and inventing are skills developed in an atmosphere of fun and encouragement.

What is a STEM program? Our Fox Blocks curriculium reflects our belief that a top quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) program covers topics right across the entire field.

Our philosophy of STEM education is all about hands on learning, and less about screen based instruction. While we do integrate the concepts of coding, programming and robotics throughout our program, and have fantastic resources to support these areas, we believe the technology component of stem is only a part of the subject as a whole. Students from Grade 2 up will cover at least one robotics unit each year, with other units selected from the multitude of other science, maths, and engineering fields.

We build bridges with lego, we integrate circuits with LittleBits, we construct class room sized roller coasters with K'Nex, we design and build engineering wonders such as a dam wall, a swing bridge, rockets, racing cars and skyscrapers. We have units that discover geology and palentology, space research, mining, and many more over the course of our 8 year program.

The Fox Blocks curriculium is so much more than one single branch of the STEM tree. Whether it be learning about physics by building a theme park, discovering historical engineering with the wonders of the world, or coding an arduino powered traffic light, Fox Blocks is unique in every way.

'The important thing is to not stop questioning.

Curiosity has it's own reason for existing'

Albert Einstein


B-Blocks - A fun class designed for kids in the pre-prep age bracket (i.e the year before children begin full time schooling). This class offers an early introduction to groupwork, planning, problem solving and teamwork. This class is suitable for kids who are happy to have their carer wait outside the classroom. This class will have up to 8 children attending. B-Blocks is taught by Janet Stone (Monday & Thursday) and Justin Gilfillan (Friday)

Con-Struct - A busy class for j
unior builders (Prep to Grade 2). This class offers a small class size (up to 8 children) and is designed for kids in their first years of schooling. 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 Con-Struct class. Construct is taught by Justin Gilfillan

iBuild - A class for thinkers and tinkers (Grades 2 to 4). Our iBuild class is a fun group lesson, with the kids working together to construct, design and engineer lots of different projects. This 3 year program offers 4 different units each year (one for each school term) covering a range of topics from junior robotics, town planning, space, structures, and lots more fun and creative concepts.

C-Zone - Our master builders class (Grade 5 to 7). In C-Zone we look at a wide range of topics in quite fine detail. The Kids use complex building materials including K'Nex and Lego Mindstorms NXT to discover and understand the world around them. Small class sizes mean kids don't just sit back and watch the action, everyone takes part in building, designing, and discovering in this class.

UpGrade - We are pleased to announce that Flying Fox Studios is home Brisbane chapter of LittleBits. This international resource seeks to put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone, regardless of technical ability. Run as a pop up workshop style offering, complimentary to our Fox Blocks program, children UpGrade is designed for ages 12 and above, however children 7 to 12 years may attend with an accompanying grown up.


At Flying Fox Studios we offer a free trial lesson for all our term classes (Kindermusik, ZommArt for Kids, & Fox Blocks)

Fox Blocks - Build your own adventure
Think, explore, create, construct, imagine, design, test, evaluate.  There’s nothing else quite like Fox Blocks!
 Studio Address: 749-753 Southpine Rd Everton Park
(Crn Barton St & South Pine Rd)
Phone: 07 3855 1528
Email: info@flyingfoxstudios.com.au
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