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
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
At Sylvan, personal consideration for every student is always a priority. In fact, there are never more than 12 students in one of our engineering sessions, so students receive the support and attention they need to understand 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 activities: Even though we believe in the power of educational apps, our engineering program goes the unplugged route with exercises that will engage your child’s hands as well as his or her mind.
- Social learning: Problem solving and conquering challenges with a partner has a way of fostering lasting friendships and encouraging strong communication skills.
- We keep you in the loop: After every session, we’ll send you an email sharing what your child has been working on in order to help reinforce new concepts and get them ready for the next project.