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 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. 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
At Sylvan, personal consideration for every student is always a priority. In fact, our engineering sessions have a maximum of 12 students at any time, which means there's always plenty of support when it comes to explaining, understanding and consolidating 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 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.