Studying engineering requires creativity, imagination and well-developed problem solving skills. After all, bridges and race cars don't design and build themselves! That’s why our engineering courses include new creative challenges every week, which help students become familiar with interesting engineering concepts and develop important STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills along the way. Whether it's building a working LEGO® machine or designing a structurally sound bridge using K'NEX® pieces, our seriously cool projects help turn elementary and middle school-aged kids into tomorrow's engineers, architects and mechanics.
You're Never Too Young for STEM
If your child likes to get hands-on with toys, gadgets and other everyday devices — taking them apart, testing them, and putting them together again — then you may have a budding engineer in your family. We encourage the exact same approach, providing challenges in which students have to think like real engineers and use important science concepts to come up with better solutions.
A Great Way to Develop Strong STEM Skills
Personal attention is always top of the agenda at Sylvan. 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. They often get so involved in their projects that they don't even realize they're learning essential STEM and 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.