Studying engineering requires creativity, imagination and well-developed problem solving skills. After all, bridges and race cars don't design and build themselves! 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.
You're Never Too Young for STEM
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.
A Great Way to Develop Strong STEM Skills
Personal attention is always top of the agenda at Sylvan. 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. They often get so involved in their projects that they don't even realize they're learning essential STEM and 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.