Engineering demands creative minds, lots of imagination and great problem-solving skills. After all, bridges and race cars don't design and build themselves! 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.
You're Never Too Young for STEM
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.▼
A Great Way to Develop Strong STEM Skills
Personal attention is always top of the agenda at Sylvan. 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 Sylvan can offer:
- 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.