By registering your child in a Sylvan EDGE program in the Des Moines and Ames region you’re making sure investing in their future success is fun. Our after-school programs are tailored specifically to help kids learn critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills through small-group work and engaging activities using the coolest new technology. Find out how we can help challenge your child and give them the edge they need!
Crucial Skills for the Future
Opportunities in STEM career paths are forecast to keep growing, so Sylvan EDGE programs are tailored to explore high-demand skill sets and knowledge, including computer programming, robotics, engineering, logic and problem-solving. It's a great way to keep your child fully engaged, entertained and on the right path to future success.▼
After School Activities That Are Actually Cool
Your local Sylvan in the Des Moines and Ames region is more than just a place where children develop valuable STEM skills; it’s also where confidence is nurtured, friends are made and kids have a great time working on exciting projects. Where else could your little one program a LEGO® robot with a buddy and enter it in a friendly competition with other teams — or design, create and play his or her very own video game? There’s no better way to develop tech-focused skills that will enhance future opportunities.
Our Programs in the Des Moines and Ames region:
- Engineering: The sky’s the limit on fun when your child is busy constructing intricate machines with LEGO® and sprawling bridges with K’NEX®. These creative projects get kids to start thinking like real engineers.
- Coding: Kids love computer animations and video games, which is exactly what makes our coding program so relevant—it’s a great way to capture interest and nurture creativity while focusing on modern computing techniques. Using innovative Tynker™ technology, your child will complete weekly projects that will show off his or her exciting progress.
- Robotics: Building a LEGO® robot is cool enough as it is, but the real excitement begins—and the actual science and engineering concepts come into play—when your child has the chance to bring his or her creation to life with LEGO® Education’s award-winning WeDo™ programming software.
- Math Edge: Math might not have a reputation for being the most exciting subject, but with our after-school program you can say goodbye to boring exercises and hello to engaging activities, challenging projects and a list of advanced math skills that can be utilized in the classroom and beyond.