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Science,Tech & Engineering for Vancouver Island Kids!

Education + Entertainment = Edutainment! Join the education revolution and bring Young Engineers to Vancouver Island kids!

Science,Tech & Engineering for Vancouver Island Kids!

Education + Entertainment = Edutainment! Join the education revolution and bring Young Engineers to Vancouver Island kids!

pledged of CA$ 20,000pledged of CA$ 20,000 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 1 2017 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 2, 2017

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About

What is Young Engineers?

In a world where technology is constantly developing and improving, parents understand the increasing importance of giving their children the best education possible in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). E² Young Engineers was created to support parents in realizing that goal, by preparing their children for an evolving environment – one where inventing, creating and initiating are the names of the game. 

Education + Entertainment = Edutainment!

Young Engineers has awakened thousands of children around the world to the fun and challenge of science, technology, engineering, and math through unique edutainment (education + entertainment) curricula. Courses start out teaching children fundamental scientific theories, and progress to advanced engineering and problem solving topics as they move through the curricula. By allowing children to immediately apply the theories they learn at the start of our classes by building motorized LEGO® bricks models that demonstrate the theory in action, the program ensures that they receive a comprehensive understanding of the topic at hand – at the same time as having fun! Using this method, children are equipped with the tools and skills necessary to contribute to STEM fields, and to engage in the complex challenges posed by the ever-changing demands of today’s workplaces. Joining the education revolution today means success in the future – for our region and the scientists of tomorrow! http://www.youngeng.net/enrichment-programs/

Young Engineers offers five complete curriculum geared towards different age groups. The core program is the "Brick Challenge" program. Aimed towards 6-9 year olds, this program focuses on understanding concepts like kinetic energy and centripetal force, creating and comparing base mechanical processes like the differences between a speed increasing transmission versus a power increasing transmission, and even building and experimenting with devices like fly wheels and wind turbines. There are currently over seventy 75 minute lesson plans.

Our Local Story

Over the past two years we have volunteered to develop and run a number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based classes and events. Recently, I finally came across this curriculum and teaching method that truly excites me: a method of learning through play, with a well developed and focused course load. 

Young Engineers is an international teaching method that was created less then ten years ago and went public in 2011. To date, it has taught over 22,000 participants, in over 7,000 classes, in a total of 40 different countries. 

The focus is for children to play and socialize with friends while learning fundamentals of engineering and architecture in a noncompetitive setting. These programs are hands-on classes where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

We have been in contact with Young Engineers over the past month and a half. We have determined that we are looking at about $40,000 in start up costs. If we are able to get pre-investment in the program for about half of that, we think we will be able to move ahead. So we decided to put this out there, see if we could community fund this project, and make it happen!

Wait! It gets better. We are doing this because we are passionate about providing STEM experiences to our community. So, we will be pledging half the profits for this venture to support the local MakerSpace society and the other half to program development. We will compensate employees fairly for the work we provide and look to hire and train from the STEM volunteer and teaching community.

This Kickstarter is set up so that for every $15 that is pledged (if the goal is met and we move ahead) will provide a child of your choice with an hour or more of specialized STEM education. For businesses out there, this is your chance to invest in the future of our community. 

Risks and challenges

Locations: We plan on approaching learning centers and education facilities (schools) to run classes at their locations. We believe that Makerspace Nanaimo (http://www.makerspacenanaimo.org) would make a great home, and hope to work out a symbiotic relationship with the Leadership Team. It is our hope to serve the whole Island but currently only we have plans to acquire Central and North Island territory. If anyone is interested in classes in Victoria, be vocal about your interest and we will do what we can.

Instructors: We just so happen to know a number of fantastic STEM focused volunteers and educators! We would love to provide some paying work to go with their passion.

Training: Young Engineers has an online training procedure they offer that we would participate in.

Participants and Awareness: We are aware that the biggest challenge will be participant base and awareness - both of which we are using this platform to address. We don't want to invest in something Nanaimo doesn't want. The feedback that we have received again and again is that parents can't find good programs with comprehensive curriculum.

I have been passionate about working with kids for most my life, and I am qualified from training and experience to state what will engage them. This program will do that, and I firmly believe that interest drives learning.

By launching the Kickstarter, we will be able to get an idea of what the participant base will be, by relating it to the level of interest we get. If we do pass the $20,000 goal, we will be moving ahead to secure funding for the remainder of the unfunded $40,000. Or in an ideal world, we will be able to fund the entire project here! We want this to benefit our communities and committed to creating as many mutually beneficial support systems as possible.

The beautiful thing about the Kickstarter platform is that money is pledged to a project and is only collected if and when the assigned goal is met and the project is ready to move ahead.

So tell us if you think this is a good idea. Share it, talk about it, and remember for every $15 pledged it translates to at least an hour lesson time for a child of your choice. After the Kickstarter is funded, we will contact you to assign your purchased credits for classes.

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