It takes imagination, problem-solving and a great deal of creativity to be a successful engineer. Sylvan's Engineering courses in Iowa give budding engineers the chance to build these types of skills — and have a whole lot of fun as they do! Kids love to work out what makes toys, gadgets and devices tick, so our sessions are tailored to explore and examine real mechanical and architectural challenges. Your child will work with a buddy to build and redesign different structures every week, getting to grips with crucial concepts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) along the way. After all, learning is so much more engaging when it's a whole lot of fun as well!

What to Expect at Sylvan

Learning becomes a personal and attentive experience at your local Sylvan in Iowa, where classes have no more than 12 students and the maximum student-to-teacher ratio is 6:1. We combine our one-on-one approach with a tailored blend of self-guided and collaborative tasks, helping kids stay interested and motivated with diverse learning methods.

Let's Get Hands-On

There's simply no better way to master the fundamentals of engineering than by applying them to real-life tasks and challenges. Using LEGO® and K'NEX®, our students conceive and build new machines and structures every week. And the building part is only the start: students learn how to test their creations, entering them in friendly contests against competing teams and implementing the new design principles they've mastered. In other words, you can count on us to engage, support and excite the budding engineer, architect or mechanic in your family — so expect race cars, bridges and other stimulating projects to become the main topic of conversation during your car rides together!

It's time to get creative! Our Engineering courses in Iowa feature:

  • Emphasis on STEM: As the modern world increasingly relies on people with strong STEM skill sets, it's never too early for your child to start developing 21st century competencies.
  • Hands-on learning: Sylvan is no stranger to the very latest advances in interactive, app-based learning — but our Engineering courses are all about learning by doing. 
  • Collaboration: Students work together to enhance their ability to communicate with others and work as a team.
  • Frequent updates: You'll learn about each session thanks to our weekly email updates, which include photos, summaries and a preview of the next project.