Divergent thinking built at LEGO Camp
There’s no right way or wrong way to build with LEGO.
That’s the key lesson that Kenneth Riskey, founder of Grand Junction’s only LEGO Camp, wants kids to learn during their week long building experience.
At eBricks Master Builder LEGO Camp, taking place this week at River of Life Church, Riskey encourages divergent thinking which is the thought process of using creative ideas in problem solving.
It seems hard to believe, but some kids have a hard time building freely with LEGOS, he said. They think there is a right way and a wrong way to build, preferring to follow a kit’s instructions to the letter, Riskey explained.
“The whole purpose of this camp is to take parts that are already there and teach them techniques to build new things,” Riskey said.
The camp begins with an assessment of each child to see where their divergent thinking skills lay. At the end of the week-long camp, Riskey tests them again, hoping that their skills have improved.
Similiar LEGO camps take place across the country which encourage inventive building.
“Rather than having kids go out and buy the next big set, we teach how to take parts they already have and give the confidence to transform their own LEGO into whatever they envision,” Riskey said.
The camp costs $165 per week. A $15 discount is available by using the coupon in The Daily Sentinel’s Coupon Book.
This camp fills fast and pre-registration is required. The next session, either morning and afternoon, will begin July 9-12.
To register, visit the eBricks LEGO Outlet Store at 539 N. First St or call 812-8516. Other details can be found at the official eBricks Facebook page.