Engineering demands creative minds, lots of imagination and great problem-solving skills. After all, bridges and race cars can’t design and build themselves, can they? That's why our engineering courses are built around new creative challenges each week, helping students not only gain essential STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills but also have a blast as they get hands-on with a variety of engineering activities. From building LEGO® machines to designing structurally accurate models of bridges with K'NEX® pieces, we have plenty of cool projects that will encourage elementary and middle school-aged kids to challenge themselves and have fun on their way to becoming tomorrow’s engineers, mechanics and architects.
It’s Never Too Soon to Learn STEM Skills
You may have a future engineer on your hands if your child loves to find out everything there is to know about their toys and gadgets — including taking them apart, figuring out how they work, and putting them back together. We encourage the same process, challenging students with projects that require them to think like real engineers and put essential science-based concepts to use to explore different solutions.
The Right Way to Build Strong STEM Skills
At Sylvan, personal consideration for every student is always a priority. In fact, our engineering sessions have a maximum of 12 students at any time, which means there's always plenty of support when it comes to explaining, understanding and consolidating key concepts. But there's also plenty of independent learning and teamwork, especially when kids work with partners and take part in friendly competitions with their creations. A lot of the time, they’ll be having so much fun with their projects that they’ll totally forget they’re building essential STEM skills and improving their problem-solving skills!
What to expect at Sylvan:
- Creative, hands-on exercises: We're all about educational screen time, but our engineering program focuses on the unplugged experience, engaging your child's mind and hands.
- Fun and friendship: Solving problems and overcoming challenges with a partner isn't only fun — it's a great way to make new friends, strengthen existing friendships and develop communication skills.
- We keep you involved: We'll update you via email after every session in order to share students' work, reinforce the concepts learned, and preview the next project.