At Engineering for Kids we believe that children are natural born engineers who have unlimited imaginations and unbridled enthusiasm. We offer fun, hands-on learning for children ages 4 to 14. Our activities range from building flashlights and rockets to programming video games and robots. The variety of programming is extraordinary!
WINTER 2 SESSION
Junior Robotics: Move it, Move it!
Robotics engineering combines science, technology, engineering and math to develop useful machines that run on automatic controls. Robots come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are each designed for unique tasks that range from lifting simple objects to cleaning up large-scale natural disasters.
Software Engineering: Scratch Video Sensing!
What’s more fun than playing an interactive video game? Writing one! Video sensing allows students to design and program their own video games and then test them by interacting with the program via webcam. In this Scratch program, students work together to create their own games, art, and musical instruments while exploring coding foundations. Get up and get moving with Engineering for Kids and Scratch: Video Sensing!
Junior Mechanical Engineering Toys: Let's Make Toys
The Junior Mechanical Engineering: Let’s Make Toys program introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Students explore and construct six different toys throughout this unit, including spinners, magical boomerang cans, wind-up whirligigs, and more.
Mechanical Engineering: Master Machines
During the Mechanical Engineering unit, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and improve a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn the basics of energy, traction, aerodynamics, and durability while constructing roller coasters, eggstreme defense vehicles, and an incredibly fast air-powered custom dragster.
SPRING 2 SESSION
Junior Scratch and Makey Makey: Musical Adventures
When your favorite song comes on the radio do you sit quietly or do you dance around and play the air drum solo? In Musical Adventures with Scratch and Makey Makey, we are going to explore how different sounds are created and we will create our own interpretations of common musical instruments like drums, piano, guitar, and even a recorder, and we will create our very own dancing program, all through the use of Makey Makey and Scratch to bring our music to life! The last day will end with a bang, or at least a really great mini concert from all of our students!
Hardware Engineering: Get Wired with Makey Makey
Imagine designing a piano using celery or creating a custom digital training program. Now, envision playing video games using just your body, a bit of wire and your own imagination. In our hardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers using a Makey Makey device and materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment.