Studying engineering requires creativity, imagination and well-developed problem solving skills. After all, bridges and race cars can’t design and build themselves, can they? 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
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. There’s also a place for independent learning and teamwork through friendly competition as kids have the opportunity to challenge each other and share 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.