Here at e² Young Engineers, we believe that children learn when they are playing and having fun.
We want to inspire children to be creative and curious, to find a passion for problem-solving and to have fun and make friends at the same time. Our programmes make use of each child’s natural desire to play to help them learn.
The programmes can play a supporting role in the Curriculum for Excellence by offering children a set of interdisciplinary experiences that help them gain the skills and confidence to embrace and use technologies and to develop practical skills while working with a range of materials, tools and software.
The programmes are designed so that children will build a different model each week, learning about the related mathematics, forces, geometry and mechanical engineering. Children who complete the models before the class is complete are then challenged to make improvements or make their model work differently. For example, work out a way of making their crane lift a larger weight or a car that can go faster. In this way each child can progress at their own pace yet they are continuously given an opportunity to learn more and challenged.
E² Young Engineers programmes also help improve and develop other skills which are crucial for academic success as well as survival in today’s fast-moving and competitive environment:
- Social and emotional skills ( patience, teamwork, communication, resilience and persistence)
- Self-confidence and self-esteem
- Fine motor skills
- Transferable skills to the classroom ( organisation, self-discipline and following directions to name just a few)
- Develop the ability to analyse engineering process – nurturing an interest in how things work and how to fix things when they don’t work (problem-solving and critical thinking)
- Creative thinking
- Improve general knowledge in physics and various natural phenomena
- Resilience – “it’s ok if it doesn’t work the first time”, “let’s try and work out why it doesn’t work” or “if it breaks, let’s do it again”
Our programme gives children the chance to explore aspects of science and engineering outside their normal curriculum-based classroom activities. They also get the opportunity to understand where mathematics fits in with engineering and science. Our programmes are specially designed to complement a child’s learning.
Success for every child! At e² Young Engineers Middlesex, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have children with a diverse range of abilities participating, ranging from gifted and talented to those with cognitive and learning challenges including dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. A key difference to traditional teaching methods is the programme’s incorporation of stories, experiments and demonstrations to ensure multiple learning modalities engage visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning styles.
For more information, contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org