Engineering For Kids: Introducing STEM Education to younger children

Do your kids love playing with cars, toy planes, do science experiments, wonder how things work?

Then Engineering for Kids (EFK) might be perfect for them.

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Given the fast-paced change in our technology, it is practical to introduce our children to STEM education early on. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. EFK introduces this to children gently and in an integrated way.

From their Facebook Page:

Why is STEM Education Important?

-️7 of the 10 projected fastest-growing occupations over the next ten years are in STEM fields

-STEM occupations have grown 8% in the last 10 years (2000-2010) and are expected to grow twice as fast (17%) in the next ten years.

-16 of the 25 highest-paying jobs in 2010 require STEM preparation and STEM workers earn 26% more than their non-STEM peers.

Last week, my daughter was able to try out a class on Engineering for Kids. An ideal after-school activity for your little science explorers, EFK introduces science and technology in an interactive and cool way.

My preschooler being welcomed by the teacher. We were one of the early birds. Check out that backpack drama happening. So grown up!
My preschooler being welcomed by the teacher. We were one of the early birds. Check out that backpack drama happening. So grown up!

Classes run for an hour. For this trial class session, they are about to discover aerospace objects, in particular, a rocketship.

We're goin' on a trip in our favourite rocketship!
We’re goin’ on a trip in our favourite rocketship!

See the concepts? Yes, they’re being taught already. So, after the short lecture, the kids starting to make their own rocketship!

Looking at mom and smiling to say she's ok. Such a grown up little lady. *insert ugly cry*
Looking at mom and smiling to say she’s ok. Such a grown up little lady. *insert ugly cry*
Designing her rocketship made out of paper roll and straw and clay.
Designing her rocketship made out of paper roll and straw and clay.
Aria and her classmate showing their almost finished products.
Aria and her classmate showing their almost finished products.
Testing the rocketship with the help of teacher.
Testing the rocketship with the help of teacher.

Wonder what else they can do in EFK? Check out their curriculum for the year (subject to change):

Themes change every month. This is their proposed curriculum for the year but still subject to change.
Themes change every month. This is their proposed curriculum for the year but still subject to change.

I first thought this would be a good birthday party activity. Their marketing specialist, Lalie Odal, mentioned that they do offer this for parties! They can even customise the activities to your chosen theme.

Overall, the EFK program is another good exposure for our children in STEM education outside the school setting.

 

Is Engineering for Kids a good fit for your children 4-14 years old? Know more about them via their website and Facebook Page. They have branches in BGC and Greenhills, and is on its way to partnering with schools and opening more branches. Text them at 0917-551-8705.

 

~ Touringkitty

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