Young Engineers West Calgary Programs
LEGO Challenge – 4 Stages
The LEGO Challenge program introduces elementary school children (ages 6-12) to the basic principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By integrating basic arithmetic learned in school with an intuitive active learning process, children grasp a better understanding of the fundamentals of physics and engineering concepts.
Ages: 6-12 (1st – 5th grade)
Average lesson duration: 75 minutes
Program Subjects Include
Basic and complex mathematics: Instructors teach basic math, from addition and subtraction to exponents
Famous scientific and philosophical figures: Archimedes, Sir Isaac Newton, Einstein, and more
Powers and principles in physics: Centrifugal and centripetal forces, the power of inertia, potential energy, kinetic energy, action/reaction law, buoyancy, torque, fulcrum, load division, angular momentum, and more.
This fun and unique program is for young kids in preschool, daycare and kindergarten (ages 4-6). The Big Builders program incorporates tactile, motor, and spatial skills while introducing science and engineering principles using K’nex® building blocks. These programs are conducted in small groups to ensure each Big Builder obtains the intended knowledge and experience.
What are the four Stages?
In addition to STEM, our progressive curriculum also offers unique opportunity to children to build and practice presentation, leadership, creative thinking skills, and eventually explore the experience as young Entrepreneurs.
Stage 1- Presentation: The students learn the basic STEM concept through building the LEGO models and practice various experiments in a 10-weeks program. At stage-1 graduation ceremony, each student will attend a mini science fair to present their models and explain the theory behind it in their own way.
Stage 2- Leadership: The students learn the advanced STEM concept through building the LEGO models and practice various experiments in a 10-weeks program. Each student will have the opportunity to practice leadership at a stage-1 session as a student leader. This way will help students find out what leadership means to them. At stage-2 graduation ceremony, each student will attend a mini science fair to present their models and explain the STEM theory in their own way.
Level 3- Creative Thinking: In this 10-week program, students utilize the STEM knowledge they have accumulated from previous stages and apply them by creating their own enhancement to our advanced LEGO models. Each student will continue to have the opportunity to practice leadership at a stage-1 or stage-2 session as a student leader. Each student will attend a mini science fair to present their invention at graduation ceremony.
Level-4- Entrepreneur Thinking: This 10-weeks unique program offers the students the opportunity o play various roles in a mini startup team. They will decide what product or improvement they want to produce or implement, build the product demo by LEGO, what problem they want to solve, and how to impress investors, etc. At the stage-4 graduation, the team will deliver a pitch to the parents who play the role as angel investors. The winning team will have a reward.
Don’t worry, this is not too hard. We just like our students to experience the process, they might grow up as Entrepreneurs Tomorrow!
Big Builders (Coming Sept 2016)
Ages: 4-6 (Pre-school)
Average Lesson Duration: 45 minutes
Program Subjects Include
Physics Principles: Basic principles such as balance and buoyancy
Animal Kingdom: Various animals – domestic and wild
Biology: Natural pest control, pollination and symbiosis
The Universe: Space, Earth and the Solar System
Geometry: Characteristics of basic geometric shapes
Transportation and Traffic Safety: Understanding different types of vehicles including motorcycles, trucks, cars and boats
After extensive testing, it has been statistically proven that children participating in e² Young Engineers enrichment programs achieve high grades within all scientific subjects taught at school.
It has also been proven that elementary school students who join Young Engineers community obtain the mathematical knowledge required to succeed when tackling the more complex scientific curricula taught at middle and high schools.
These tests have been conducted by the
Center for Cooperation and Advancement (CCA)