• Welcome to the new 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

Our mobile parties are offered from the comfort and environment of your own home (or location of your choice). We will take care of entertaining your group for 1 to 1.5 hours. Birthday themes can be customized to your child’s age and interests. Our party packages include:

  • One to 1.5 hours of fun and games
  • Lego® projects and games
  • Customized invitations
  • At least two staff members (and a third depending on the size of party)
  • All material for our activities and games

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Logistics

We will work with the type of space you provide. We prefer open space (can be indoor or outdoor) with enough tables to accommodate your guests. Chairs are not necessary. If available, we would like one table for our party supplies.

Rates start at $375 for up to 12 children. Contact us for more details. We travel to Westchester, NY; Northern NJ; Southern CT; and Rockland County, NY.

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Options

Some party themes include:

  • Lego® Mystery – This theme includes: secret clues that lead children to create their own Lego® project, Lego® hunt, find the missing Lego® piece, etc.
  • Robotics – Children use pulleys, belts, gears, wheels, and other special Lego® pieces to create moving projects.
  • Junior Engineers – Children make different types of buildings and sky scrapers with Lego® bricks to create their own mini-city.
  • Road Warriors – Children work in partners to make a battery powered vehicle with traditional and specialized bricks. They get to race their vehicles against other vehicles to see who’s car runs the fastest.

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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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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.

Feature Icon BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Mobile parties are offered from the comfort and environment of your own home (or location of your choice).

Feature Icon CAMPS & OTHER PROGRAMS

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

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WeDo Robotics

Ages 7 to 10 (Grades: 1st to 4th)
This program serves as en early introduction to robotics. It enables students to learn, construct and then bring their models to life using a simple, drag and drop software. The program also includes cross curricular learning opportunities in: literacy, science, mathematics, and design & technology. Children also develop communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

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Simple and Powered Machines

Ages 8 to 12 (Grades: 3rd to 6th)
Students will use gears, pulleys, belts and much more to create everyday machines that make our lives easier. Students will work independently or in small groups to identify a problem and use Lego® bricks to create a simple or powered machine that will solve the identified problem. With each project, students will investigate, test, and draw conclusions.

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Early Simple Machines

Ages 3 to 6 (Grades: K to 1st)
This amazing program exposes PreK students to the world of robots and machines. Students will learn about gears, pulleys, and belts as they create different projects and learn how to solve problems; think critically and creatively; and communicate their ideas to others.

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NEW: Thymio Robotics

Ages 8 to 12 (Grades: 3rd to 6th)
This unique program combines computer programming and robotics. First, students will get started with the easy to learn visual programming language as they learn to program behaviors. Then we’ll advance to learn what ‘if then’ statements are and how to read and modify real code! We’ll be doing a variety of projects from programming a robot pet with personality, to having Thymio follow a path, solving a maze, to creating a musical instrument.

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NEW: Scratch Computer Programming

Ages 8 to 12 (Grades: 3rd to 6th)
This interactive program introduces students to the amazing world of computer programming. Scratch is a graphical programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online.

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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 hello@bricksandmotors.org, 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.