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e² Young Engineers Enrichment Programs

Big Builders 

Overview of Big Builders Curriculum 

e2 Young Engineers’ strong core values surround the concept of education through play. We believe that lessons are learned and absorbed more easily through hands-on experiential learning. That is why our students will finish the Big Builders enrichment programming having a better understanding of everyday mathematics and scientific concepts.

Big Builders lessons include discussions about shapes, spatial recognition and movable verse immovable parts. Our instructors use proper math and science terminology familiarizing students with more accurate language of the field. Builders learn simple addition and subtraction through building their models. Students will also discover basic principles of fractions as they learn the idea of parts of a whole.

We introduce laws of physics on a basic level through demonstrations of centrifugal force, gravity, torque, stability, friction, momentum, mechanical energy, balance, compaction and drive. Additionally, because many of our Big Builders models have nature/animal themes, students will learn basic concepts of biology.

Big Builders secondary objectives 

  • Increase knowledge about the world and environment
  • Enhance sense of community and feelings of belonging
  • Encourage independent and creative thinking
  • Develop a sense of self-efficacy and problem solving capabilities
  • Boost team building, cooperation and group play skills

Knex program

Big Builders model themes 

  • Basic geometric shapes
  • Animals
  • Solar system
  • Amusement park rides
  • Transportation
  • Aircraft

 

 

Bricks Challenge

Overview of Bricks Challenge curriculum young engineers conveyer

Young Engineers participating in Bricks Challenge can expect to finish the program having learned important theoretical and practical lessons. Bricks Challenge will introduce students to scientists and inventors such as Leonardo di Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Archimedes and more. Each of these important figures has played a significant role in the development of science and technology today and we use their stories’ to help inspire and educate our young engineers.

Bricks Challenge participants will gain knowledge of laws of physics such as centrifugal force, centripetal force, force of inertia, kinetic energy, potential energy, law of action-reaction, lift force, torque, leverage points, load distribution, force conservation, angular momentum and more. In addition students will learn the essential mathematic skills that go along with making the scientific calculations they will need in order to build their models.

Bricks Challenge secondary objectives

  • Foster planning and time management skills
  • Encourage independent creative thinking
  • Develop ones ability to analyze engineering processes
  • Broaden knowledge of laws of physics and various natural phenomena
  • Improve spatial recognition
  • Cultivate a sense of self-efficacy
  • Expand interpersonal communication skills

Bricks Challenge building model themes

  • Amusement park rides
  • Aircrafts
  • Various types of transportation machines
  • Cranes
  • Elevators
  • Modern machinery

GALILEO TECHNIC

Overview of Galileo Technic curriculum

Galileo Technic curriculum builds upon the curriculum of Bricks Challenge. In addition to more advanced lessons of the introductory level math, physics and engineering of Bricks Challenge, Galileo Technic participants will be introduced to new engineering terms and principles.

Galileo Technic teaches engineering mechanisms such as: multi-channel transmission systems, mechanical coordination, the movement of a body on a rotational axis, center of gravity and fulcrum, different ratchet implementations, energy depletion, recycling, limited transmission belt implementations and more.

Students build upon the math they learned in Bricks Challenge and will also learn principles of statics, understanding probability and chance.

Please see Bricks Challenge page for details of introductory curriculum taught in that program.

Galileo Technic secondary objectives

  • Encourage independent and creative thinking
  • Develop the ability to analyze engineering processes
  • Acquire engineering implementation skills
  • Expand problem-solving skills
  • Provide general knowledge of laws of physics and various natural phenomena
  • Progress sense of self-efficacy and time management
  • Improve communication and interpersonal skills
  • Boost team-building abilities

Galileo Technic building model themes

  • Various launchers
  • Construction equipment
  • Industrial equipment
  • Amusement park rides
  • Animals
  • Various mechanisms used in motor vehicles
  • Complex machines