Extra-Curricular Activities: Children’s Technology Workshop (The X-Factory)

Update!

The Children’s Technology Workshop has been re-branded. It is now called The X Factory. They have two outlets:

On Saturday, I took Gavin for a trial class at the Children’s Technology Workshop in Bangsar Village II. He attended the Apprentice Engineer workshop. I probably should have checked this one out a little more thoroughly before registering him because it turned out to be largely a Lego building session with supervision and assistance.

They initially put him in with the Duplo group, but I was glad to see that they had moved him over to the Lego group when I peeked in on him a little later. These days, the only thing Gavin does with the Duplo set at home is play with the Thomas and Friends engines and use the Duplo blocks as debris and rubble “blocking” the line. I would not have been impressed to discover that I had paid for a class that I could easily have replicated at home by taking out the Duplo box and leaving it open.

That said, he could easily have done the same thing at home with Daddy who has been supervising his construction of the Lego City set – the most recent project being the Lego City Truck 3221:

The pieces they were working with looked like Lego Technic and if I recall correctly, Daddy’s got the Lego Technic Superpack which he bought from the Toys Hunt sale in Singapore hidden away in waiting.

It contains the Lego Technic Excavator 8294, Lego Technic Power Function Accessory Box 8293, Lego Technic Forklift 8290, and the Lego Technic Mini Bulldozer 8259. I’m sure that will keep them both busy for a while so I don’t think the Children’s Technology Workshop will be on our list for a while.

Looking at their website, they do have some rather interesting programs that I think I would definitely consider when Gavin is older:

  • Engineer Workshop (6-12 years) – Students explore and investigate topics such as gears, levers, pulleys, wheels & axles and structures & forces, as they construct a variety of mechanisms using educational Technic LEGO®.
  • Gamemaker Workshop (9-14 years) – teaches students the fundamentals of video game design through five different levels: Junior Midway, Senior Maze, Master Platform, Master Rescue and 3D. Students will work through interactive Adobe Flash tutorials developed by the Children’s Technology Workshop.
  • Robotics Workshop (9-14 years) – children are challenged to build, program and control robots with the latest LEGO® Mindstorms NXT 2.0 technology. Learn how to build robust powered mechanisms and control robotic creations through computer programming. Create intelligent mechanisms that react to stimuli (e.g. touch, sight or sound).
  • Animation Workshop (9-14 years) – where they create awesome 2D cartoon animations using the new ‘Animation-ish’ software and graphic tablet. Students use their imaginations to develop their storyboards, and learn to develop their technical skills while gaining an understanding of the creative animation process.

It appears they also run programs in conjunction with some schools so if your child is attending one of these schools, you don’t have to go to the workshop in Bangsar Village II.

If you are interested to find out more or to try their workshop, here are the details:

Address: 2F-30, Bangsar Village 2, 1 Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: 03-2282 8166
Fax: 03-2282 4166
Email: info@ctworkshop.com.my
Website: www.ctworkshop.com.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ctworkshopmalaysia
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun – 10am-6:30pm

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SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

4 thoughts on “Extra-Curricular Activities: Children’s Technology Workshop (The X-Factory)

  1. am surprised that they actually just let the kids play with Lego? hmmmmph…. i won’t be very happy either.

    when we went there to look, one of the staff who showed us around, explained the Engineer program – which the kids are taught pulleys and gears etc then, they will proceed with a project. those Lego pcs are actually LEGO Education sets.

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  2. That was just the apprentice engineer workshop and it was guided play. They followed instructions to make stuff which is still pretty much what you can do at home with a Lego set.

    I don’t know about Lego education sets but the pieces look pretty similar to Lego Technic to me. Of course, I’m no Lego expert.

    I think their programs for older children definitely look interesting, but as far as the apprentice workshop goes, I don’t think it’s worth it.

    What they showed you is the engineer program and your child has to be 6 years old to attend that.

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  3. Hi Shen-Li,

    What is the benefit of playing / construction Lego? When u buy a particular lego set, the set come in pieces that u have to put them together like a puzzle or it comes like a ready made toy to play with immediately?

    Thanks,
    cecena

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  4. Hi Cecena,

    All Lego sets come in pieces that need to be put together. There is an instruction booklet that you have to follow. If you have enough Lego pieces, you can also leave it to your child for free play to create whatever he or she wants so it is both creative and instructional.

    Lego helps to teach children to follow instructions, develop their visual-spatial orientation, and creativity among other things.

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