Young Engineers Frequently Asked Questions
What is the logic behind having a 4th grader sit in the same class as a 1st grader?
Young Engineers enrichment programs expose children to the educational materials they do not usually have access to in school. The principles are very complex, and some adults might not even know the principles taught. Young Engineers enrichment programs presents a level theoretical study platform to all. The models come with parts that enable every child to build and invent according to their passions and ability. There might be a social gap if a 5th grader attends the Young Engineers program with many 1st graders. We recommend they attend the program with a fellow classmate or friend.
Aren’t the lessons too long? Don’t the children lose interest?
The children do not lose interest, as the children are explained the lesson. At the start of each lesson they are taught a subject, following which they are eager to get started with the construction so that they can play with the final build. When the lesson is over, the children don’t even realize how much time has passed.
Can a 1st grader understand the lessons?
Our enrichment programs are especially made for children of this age group. Our programs and workshops have been active for a number of years now, and all have enjoyed great success. Each lesson includes a familiar background story with corresponding live experiments. I invite you to ask the children at the end of the lesson what they have learned, and you’ll be surprised to hear how much they can comprehend at this age.
My child is 5 and half (preschool), gifted and is interested in participating. Why isn’t it possible?
Even though your child is gifted they are required to know how to read and write, along with more complex math than addition and subtraction. Therefore, we recommend waiting an additional year to avoid any frustration the child might feel in the case they are unable to keep up with the rest of the class. We will be very happy to see your child next year.
Do the children take the models home?
Unfortunately, the kits used are very expensive and therefore must remain with the instructor, who will pass them from class to class. Children do however take home what they learned, which includes physics, mathematics and engineering.
What is the price of the enrichment programs?
We are a company who deals with practical subjects, and we ensure that every child leaves gaining an education and happy. For prices please ask the center where you would like your child to participate, as each center calculates its own prices according to its costs. However, we don’t charge for disposable equipment (batteries, malfunction engines, wires, broken pieces, and broken kit.)
How long are the lessons and how often do they take place?
The Elementary school programs are mostly 75 minutes long; The Pre-school program are 45. They can either take place yearly or by semester.
Is it possible to attend a trial lesson?
Yes. Our trial sessions are free of charge. In the event that you decide to continue with the course, you’ll need to pay for the entire program, which includes a charge for the trial lesson.
What happens if a lesson is cancelled due to a holiday?
The center can answer this question. In any case, usually the yearly week-per-month average is 4.35, so in months that have 5 weeks we don’t charge more and vice versa.
Can I sit with my child during class?
Staying with your child is not recommended. The goal of the program is for the children to become self sufficient, and learn to perform tasks alone. Additionally, if you stay with your child, every child will want their parents there, and this can cause problems for the instructor.
How big are your groups?
In the elementary school programs the classes hold up to 16 children. In the pre-school program the classes are no more than 12 children.
Does each child receive a kit?
Each child or pair receives a kit, depending on the type and complexity of the model constructed. In cases when children work in pairs, each child constructs a different stage and at the end they connect both pieces to one model.
Who are the instructors?
We hire instructors that have experience working with children. Each instructor has undertaken a special Young Engineers training course, which includes live field training with experienced instructors.
Are your instructors engineers?
No. most of our instructors are not engineers. Yet, our instructors are very intelligent and have been qualified on our special training course. Anything children can learn and build our instructors can learn and explain.
Do I need to bring anything to class?
Only a good mood. We provide the rest.
Is it possible to buy the enrichment programs kit?
The kit itself is manufactured outside of the LEGO® factories. The parts are imported from different locations around the globe and regrettably we have permission to use these kits only for supervised teaching. As of now, the Young Engineers kit is not available to purchase.