Young Engineers – Northern Virginia Programs
The overall course objective is to impart theoretical and applied knowledge in the fields of Science, Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Math (STEM) by using LEGO® parts and other exciting tools.
The main goal of Bricks Challenge is to illustrate content through stories and demonstrations. Our students will learn math and physical principles through intuitive study, develop their independent learning and improve their building skills.
The course will provide mathematical integration between physical laws and the simple calculations to support them. The laws and mathematics are both illustrated through the construction of exciting LEGO® bricks models. Once the concepts have been demonstrated students enjoy hands on building the YE LEGO® models which provides experiential learning and reinforces the lessons topic. To carry out the building process, students receive a tailor made kit developed by Young Engineers.
Suitable for: 1st – 5th Grade (Elementary School)
Average lesson duration: 75/90 minutes
Young Engineers Build Up
The Build up program was developed for children diagnosed along the autistic spectrum, studying in communication classrooms or fully mainstreamed in regular classes.
This program was developed in collaboration with an occupational therapist who is an expert on caring for children and youth suffering from autism, and tries to focus on their characteristic ways of learning.
The Build up program is designated for elementary school children from the second to the fifth grades, and its objective is to expose the children to a normative game and leisure activity within a group of 5-6 children and the use of Lego as a social game with peers.
The program objectives integrate improving gentle motor skills and manipulations, working on beginning and ending a task, working step by step, emphasizing developing independence in their construction and improving the models according to their imagination. The program also integrates higher cognitive functions such as planning and executing an idea with independent problem solving skills and flexible thought .
Suitable for: 2nd – 5th Grades (Elementary School)
Average lesson duration: 60-75 minutes
Class requirement: a caregiver needs to accompany the registered child for the whole duration of the class.