Brickineers™ provides opportunities for children to play, learn and grow together in a framework of
tasks and activities that stimulate mental and physical faculties.
Co-operative community based learning is emphasized through tutorship, mentorship, collaboration and mutual respect.
Brickineers has held classes and camps for five years and began at the U of C, then moved to the Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre, and are now located at the Westgate Community Centre. Future classes and camps will be held at Rutland Park Community Centre and McKenzie Lake Community Centre.
|Courses are led by Wolodymyr (Wolly) Barabash, MEd (U of C), BEng (Electrical), BSc (Psychology), EET diploma (NAIT), Registered Alberta Childcare Supervisor.|
Michael Barabash, Wolly’s son, facilitates classes and camps.
Wolly has extensive experience with programming, electronics, computers and robotics with about twenty years experience as a professor and instructor of electronics, microcontroller programming and computer architecture. Wolly has worked and lectured in colleges in Alaska, B.C., Ontario and Qatar. The list of colleges includes: University of Alaska Anchorage, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Humber College, RCC Technical Institute, and College of the North Atlantic Qatar.All Brickineers courses and camps will be facilitated personally by Wolly, who instills a love for lifelong learning in his students. We are all aware that lifelong learning is a mandatory requirement of modern and future economies, and as parents we struggle against the rigidity of modern education which may prevent our children from loving the act of learning. The love of lifelong learning also has other other benefits which should not be secondary to workplace learning. Wolly’s extensive education and experience allows him to guide children towards learning strategies that they will cherish and will help them exceed the demands of future college, university and workplace learning requirements. The link between playing, learning, working and teamwork that encourages love of learning is central to the basic philosophy of the Brickineers programs.