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.
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.
The Right Way to Build Strong STEM Skills
Personal attention is always top of the agenda at Sylvan. 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. But there's also plenty of independent learning and teamwork, especially when kids work with partners and take part in friendly competitions with 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.