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 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. 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.▼
The Right Way to Build 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. 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 Sylvan can offer:
- 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.