Our fearless leader, Mike Benner, is moving on to greener pastures (literally, to North Carolina) and two of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership staff have volunteered to take over the initiative.
Selena Larson and Allie Davis of the DCCP have taken the reins and are planning some fun, educational projects that kids can’t learn in a traditional educational atmosphere. Continue reading
Startup Academy is an immersive entrepreneurship experience open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from any Arizona high school. Students will propose ideas to real world problems, form teams to work on them, and work under the guidance of mentors and faculty from ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) to turn their solutions into businesses.
CTI is working with a great set of partners on the Conscious Capitalism Startup Academy, including MAC 6, Gangplank, and Retreat at Tontozona, which will host the camp from June 21 – 24, 2012 (free bus transportation is provided from CTI).
Eligibility and Cost
- The camp is open to any Arizona high school sophomore, junior or senior.
- To apply, please complete the application below.
- The camp costs $180, but tuition waivers are available based on need. (The fee covers camp costs for the weekend, but if the fee is a barrier to applying, please see the application for the waiver request option.)
Business ideas submitted as part of application
At the start of the camp, the attending students and mentors will evaluate all the ideas presented and vote on the ones they want to work on. Please complete the application to tell us about your plan to start changing the world this summer!
On April 1st, the largest American flag made out of LEGO bricks will arrive at Gangplank where Building Bonanza will be reconstructing it. In honor of this, Gangplank will be holding a variety of LEGO based activities to promote creativity.
Join us April 4th at 7pm for the first part of a two part adult stop motion class or express your creativity through free play with LEGOS for adults. Saturday April 7th from 9am- noon we will have LEGO activities for ages 6+. This will include car racing, tower and bridge building. April 11th at 7pm we will have the second part of our 2 part adult stop motion class as well as a LEGO building challenge for adults.
Our final event, April 14th from 9am- noon, will include LEGO activities for ages 9+. Join us for a children’s stop motion class, scaling (building LEGO creations to scale), and a First LEGO League robot demonstration.
A Pirate's Night Before Christmas
Just wanted to share a little something with you guys today
A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas written by Philip Yates and narrated by Mike Benner
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It’s hiking season and it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather. We have a few hikes scheduled for the season. Hikes will begin at 9:30am and generally last 1-2 hours. Most hikes will be about 2 miles in length. More information will be posted as we get closer to the dates.
December 11th : Gilbert Riparian Preserve 2.0 Miles 0.5 Difficulty
December 18th : Piestewa Peak Alternate Summit 0.8 Miles 1.5 Difficulty
January 15th: San Tan Regional Park (Moonlight) 1.3 Miles 1.5 Difficulty
January 22nd: North Mountain 1.42 Miles 2.5 Difficulty
January 29th: Shaw Butte 2.7 Miles 2.0 Difficulty
Ryan Dinnan and Tanner Saadi take some time to reflect on changes in First Lego League from last year. They analyzed the good and bad of how things have changed. Including, bot design, board layout, challenges, overall topic, the team and much more.
The bot design is much better this year. We can attachments in more ways and much easier than last year. The board this year is harder because there are more things on it than last year. The challenges are harder this year because it feels impossible to get 100% this year. The topic this year is better because it is something you never thought was a problem. The team this year is better because we argue a lot less.
This year Lego League has been awesome. There are less people so now everyone is involved. Unlike last year when some people were sitting in the cornering watching instead. This year the board has more challenges so is more exciting. The challenges are difficult and easy. The topic is also better because it has a variety of things that can be chosen from it. The bot design is also better for adding attachments and easier to line up. In conclusion, I think this year is better than last year.
Come join us this weekend at Mesa Arts Center’s Guitars and Handlebars Season Kickoff Festival. Along with all of the great activities and live music, Gangplank Jr and Building Bonanza will be there hosting Lego events from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 10am-2pm on Sunday.
If you are already a part of the Gangplank Jr First Lego League, we will be unveiling this season’s mat and challenges. From 10am-12pm on Saturday, we will assemble the boards for this year and discuss the various tactics we can use to achieve the missions. There will also be a Sumo bot challenge (2-4pm), a large master building session with Building Bonanza and a free robotics build to handle various challenges (12-2pm).
Sunday will start off with First Lego League information for this year’s challenges and a chasis build competition, followed by another master build session from the guys at Building Bonanza.
As if all of that wasn’t enough to excite you, a full size replica of a Harley Davidson will be built from Legos by certified Lego artist Nathan Sawaya over the course of the two days. Don’t miss out on the family fun at this great event.
UPDATE 7/22 – With current donations, we’ve been able to fill 26 backpacks. We are still in need of the following (in order by most desired):
- Backpacks! Keep ‘em coming
- Looseleaf paper
- Graph Paper
- Construction Paper
- Colored Pencils
- Hand sanitizer
Time again for the Gangplank Jr School Supply Drive. Last year we donated 44 FULL backpacks to low-income students in the Chandler Unified School District.
Not only do we intend to top that this year, we’ve added high school supplies to the mix to reach a wider range of students. All you need to do is drop off said supplies at a participating Locations (see below). Deadline is Friday, August 5th to drop off your supplies. Continue reading
Children have a natural curiosity that makes them excellent journalists. As any parent can tell you, they are always questioning and see everything.
The Gangplank Jr Journalism Program seeks to build upon this natural curiosity, teaching kids to use their powers of observation to inform others. Participants will learn the importance of the first amendment, how to write different types of stories such as news and feature, podcasting, video as well as create a working news site as the final product.
The Gangplank Jr Journalism Program takes place over 9-weeks, beginning July 9th. Meetings will take place each Saturday at 2:00pm. Kids must attend at least five of the meetings in order to participate in the ‘First Issue’ workshop on September 9th.
Please join us for our first meeting on Saturday, July 9th at 2:00pm at Gangplank.
It is no secret that Gangplank Jr is an experiment to see what could be possible in educating kids for the new economy. Here is a sample of what a school in the future might look like. If you are interested in seeing this sort of thing happen for your children, please sign up and get involved.