To help children navigate the fast-growing modern world, a company called Engineeius Learning Center specializes in developing after-school programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Founder Ahmed El Daly says schools aren’t equipped to provide an in-depth learning experience of these topics and that kids learn a lot because his courses are taught by engineers and structural designers. Kids learn how to use engineers’ methodology by looking at a problem and breaking it into components. They then identify possible solutions and test them as they build, program and have fun.
“Kids are given a challenge, for instance, to build a city or smart home, then we work with them on dividing and breaking down the challenge into smaller challenges and solving them one by one,” he says.
The programs for this fall include All About Bridges for the future civil engineers, Light Up Your World for budding electrical engineers, Power Your City for the environmental engineers and Robotics that teach the principals of mechanical engineering.
All About Bridges is for kids 5-8 years old, who will learn about bridges (beam bridge, arch bridge, truss bridge, etc), build them using an educational kit, then test the bridges. They also have the chance to design and test bridges using computer simulations. Kids learn engineering concepts (forces, loads, distribution of loads) as well as the design process.
In Power Your City (8-10 and 11-13 year olds), kids are told their city is running out of non-renewable energy and they have to find renewable energy to power the city. They learn about fossil fuels as well as wind power, hydro-power and solar energy. They are also taught how to generate electricity using each type of energy resource. Each group is then given a budget to light up the city using two types of resources.
Finally, the Robotics programs for kids between 5-15 teach mechanical principles through designing and building robots. They meet different levels of challenges through programming.
The centre also hosts birthday parties for kids of all ages. Parties last three hours and children will build robots while learning about engineering mechanical principals. Kids will also get to play matches of hockey or football with the robots they build using remote controls.
For more information, visit canada.engineeius.com