• Welcome to Bricks & Motors

    We are a non-profit organization with a mission to provide every student with an opportunity to explore technology. Take a moment to watch the video and read about our programs. If you're interested in learning more, please contact us to discuss how we can make impact in your school.

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Overview

Bricks and Motors offers 8- to 12-week classes for children in PreK to 6th grade. We come to your school, equipped with kits, bricks, lesson plans, material, etc. Classes are 45 min to 1 hour and can be offered in the morning (before school), during lunch, or after school. Our programs are available any day of the week and can start at any time of the year. There is no obligation or cost to your school if enrollment does not meet the minimum class requirement. If you are interested in having our program at your school as a before-, during- or after-school program, please contact us for an information package, 914-468-1340.

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Options

We offer 8- and 12-week options. Contact us or fill out the request info form for more details!

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Overview

Bricks & Motors will come to your home to teach a private class to your child and his or her friends. This is a great option for an after-school class or for parents who homeschool their children. Allow us to educate and entertain your group from the comfort and convenience of your home. Private classes are offered in packages of four or more classes, at your home.

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Options/Packages

Private classes are offered in packages of four or more classes, at your home.

  • You provide the location and kids, and we’ll do the rest.
  • Each session is one hour long (this includes 5 minutes to set-up and 5 minutes to clean up).
  • You must have a minimum of five children. We can accommodate up to 12 children.
  • Price varies depending on the number of students and number of classes. The total price goes down as the number of kids and classes go up!
  • Classes can be offered weekly at a time that is convenient for your entire group.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of space do you require? We can work with any space you have. Ideally, a room that is large enough to comfortably fit your group. Suggestions include: basement, dining room, or living room. It would be nice to have a space that is free of distractions such as people coming in and out, loud noises, etc. Wherever possible, we will bring a portable table for the children to work on.

Are your staff background checked? Yes! Our staff are all fingerprinted and a background check is conducted through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

What programs do you offer? Click here for a list of our programs. All of our programs are mobile and can be offered from your home. Some of our programs require access to Wifi.

What is the ideal age for this type of program? We have programs for multiple age groups, starting as early as PreK to 6th grade. Our program descriptions highlights the ideal age range for each program.

How much does it cost? Rates vary depending on the size of the group and the number of classes you are interested in.

Do you allow younger siblings to join the class? We usually have no problem with siblings joining the class. However, it depends on the age difference and size of the group. For example, if you have a group of eight children between the ages of 7 and 9, it may be difficult for a 4 year old sibling to keep up with the program.

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Overview

Camp Directors, Bricks & Motors customizes summer programs for your camp’s needs. We come to your camp, equipped with kits, bricks, lesson plans, material, computers and staff. Classes are 45 min to 1 hour and can be offered any time throughout the camp day. Our programs are available any day of the week and can start at any time. There is no obligation or cost to your camp if enrollment does not meet the minimum class requirement. If you are interested in having our program at your camp, please contact us for more information, 914-468-1340.

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Logistics

Workshops - These, 1- to 3-hour, workshops offer hours of fun and learning. We will work with you to customize a workshop for any occasion and theme. Workshops can be for any ages (even adults). Price will vary depending on the length and type of program; and number of participants.

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Overview

Our curriculum is based LEGO® Education’s Early Simple Machines program where students get to use gears, pulleys, belts, and other specialized LEGO® DUPLO® bricks to create simple machines that solve some of the simple problems we see around us.

Typical Class

Walk into one of our classes and this is what you would see:

  • Students brainstorming and sharing ideas
  • Small groups building projects to find a solution to their problem
  • Students exploring how simple machines work

Benefits

Benefits of the program:

  • Allows for creative exploration through open-ended play
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Overview

This class will inspire early learners to explore early coding concepts such as sequencing, looping and conditional coding, while developing problem solving skills, critical thinking, collaboration and social and emotional skills.

Typical Class

Walk into one of our classes and this is what you would see:

  • Students brainstorming and sharing ideas
  • Small groups using technology to understand early coding concepts
  • Student using specialized LEGO® DUPLO® bricks to create fun projects

Benefits

Benefits of the program:

  • Allows for creative exploration through open-ended play
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Develop the knowledge of early coding concepts

Overview

STEAM Park builds on every child’s natural curiosity and desire to create, explore, and investigate the world of early science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) through creative play. The possibilities are endless, as you work with them to construct a park full of dynamic moving rides, fun games, and scenes using the special selection of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.

Typical Class

Walk into one of our classes and this is what you would see:

  • Students brainstorming and sharing ideas
  • Students growing their understanding of gears, motion, and measurement
  • Students solving problems together in a fun and engaging way

Benefits

Benefits of the program:

  • Allows for creative exploration through open-ended play
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to collaborate with others

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to provide every student with an opportunity to explore technology.

"At a time when people are saying 'I want a good job - I got out of college and I couldn't find one,' every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science."
President Bill Clinton

Bricks & Motors is a non-profit organization that offers STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes to students in PreK to 6th grade. Our unique enrichment program allows students to use specialized Lego® bricks, computers, and robots to learn design & technology, engineering, science, mathematics, and other non-traditional subjects. Our mission is to redefine the learning experience by exposing children to fun, hands-on projects that will inspire them to collaborate, create, and communicate all while learning and having fun. Our programs enable students to work as scientists, engineers, and designers providing them with settings, tools and tasks that promote design technology, science and mathematics. Bricks & Motors promotes higher order thinking and inspires students to ask questions and investigate in order to find solutions to their own questions.

Our Vision

Bricks Vision

At Bricks & Motors, our vision is to enable students to:

  • think creatively and explain how things work
  • establish links between cause and effect
  • work in teams to collaborate and communicate ideas
  • ask questions that can be investigated
  • develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • understand the world of computer programming

Our Services

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8- to 12-week classes for children in PreK to 6th grade. We come to your school, equipped with kits, bricks, lesson plans, material, etc.

Feature Icon AT-HOME PROGRAMS

We come to your home to teach a private class to your child and his or her friends.

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We customize camp programs & come to your camp, equipped with kits, bricks, lesson plans, material, computers and staff.

Our Programs

Coding Express

Grades: Pre-K. This class will inspire early learners to explore early coding concepts such as sequencing, looping and conditional coding, while developing problem solving skills, critical thinking, collaboration and social and emotional skills.

STEAM Park

Grades: Pre-K. STEAM Park builds on every child’s natural curiosity and desire to create, explore, and investigate the world of early science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) through creative play.

Early Simple Machines

Grades: Pre-K. This program exposes students to the world of robots and machines.

WeDo Robotics

Grades: 1-4. This program serves as en early introduction to robotics.

WeDo Robotics 2.0

Grades: 1-5. An introduction to robotics and programming in an age appropriate and fun way.

Simple & Powered Machines

Grades: 3-6. Students will use gears, pulleys, belts, etc. to create everyday machines.

Dash & Dot Robotics Programming

Grades: K-5. Versatile, cutting-edge robots that are programmed through a drag-and-drop programming language.

Stop Motion Lego Movie Making

Grades: 1-6. Exciting introduction to the amazing world of stop motion movies.

Scratch Computer Programming

Grades: 3-6. This interactive program introduces students to the amazing world of computer programming.

Scratch Junior

Grades: K-2. Scratch Jr is an engaging and hands-on class that uses iPads to teach computer programming in a fun, age appropriate way.

Questions?

Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions below. If we haven't answered your question, you can e-mail us at bricksandmotors@gmail.com, or fill in a request form.

 How are you unique?

Two things: 1) we're a non-profit and so are able to offer the lowest prices. We'll even work with you to find local corporate sponsors who may be interested in funding these programs. 2) We deliver our program from your home (as a homeschooling class or private class for your child and your child’s friends or neighbors), from your school, or from centers that offer before- and after-school programs.

 How much does it cost?

Let's talk to figure that out. Again, our agenda is not profits so we do the best we can to keep costs low and accommodate your needs. Fill out the request form and we'll contact you shortly.

 Why computer science?

Among wealthy nations, the United States ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math in standardized tests. We rank 27th in college graduates with degrees in science and math. Computer science helps children develop quantitative reasoning, engineering, and critical thinking skills that are at the core of the nation's future. National data has shown that STEM occupations have grown three times faster than non-STEM careers over the last decade. It’s estimated that one million additional STEM graduates will be needed over the next 10 to 15 years to fill economic demands. We want our future generations to be ready for the workplace of the future.

 Who are your instructors?

Our staff are all fingerprinted and a background check is conducted through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). They go through training on all the hardware and software and are equipped to teach

 Do I need to commit now?

No you don't. But recognize that a guaranteed spot at your preferred time will require a commitment. We have to operate on a first come first serve basis to ensure that our resources are properly planned for.

 Programs for students with special needs?

Students with disabilities are quite successful using the various programs. Because the curriculum pairs students, this enables students to practice collaboration and communication. These skills help students with autism and language disabilities to improve their interactions with others. Throughout the hands-on processes, the students work together so students of different skill sets can learn how to use their strengths and the strengths of others to overcome areas of difficulty, including visual, language, social, physical, or intellectual.