How to Set Your Kids Expectation on Summer Camp

20 May 2018

For sure your kids will be very excited about their coming summer holiday. No exam, no busy school schedule, no homework….but will it be also a good opportunity to build up a next level of relationship with your kids during summer? Have a fun and challenging Summer Camp will sure give a memorable experience to your kids, but you can get more from the experience. We offer a unique experience that both parents and kids will feel differently. Here are some of the reasons how we achieve.
1. We let kids experience real-life problems
All our courses are designed to solve different real-life problems at your kids level of  understanding. No matter they use robotics, coding skill or any STEM related knowledge, they need to brainstorm, design, build, test then improve and test again in our Engineering Design Process. All these activities cultivate  innovation.
2. We let kids involved and encourage to share their ideas
In each summer camp session, kids will be involved and our teachers will keep encourage them to share their ideas in front of a small team or at the whole class.
3. We encourage more diverse interaction
All interactions are very diversify. Inside the Engineering Design Process, your kids will expose to diversify actions from understanding the problems, brainstorming by asking and answering questions in related to the problems, design in their own knowledge how to solve the issue then test it. Instructors are trained to ask different questions that allow them to rethink how to improve. By repeating the cycles, your kids will gradually see how their solution works.
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4. We let them fail
We can’t guarantee their design can success. We let them fail and rethink. It’s a process that allow them to grow.
5. We take a step back when instruct
We let your kids to freely design. They will ask when they forget or lose something. They own their design and want to make it works. These will develop their passion to learn how things work.
6. You can see what your kids are learning
Our centre allow parents to stay outside the classroom and see what their kids are learning. And with their unique design, we also encourage kids to share their product with parents after go home.
We aims to motivate your kids learning and develop the passion to explore and innovate.

 

EFK Scratch Video Sensing – Foundation of Learning Coding

29 Aug 2017

Programming and coding are becoming necessary skills for various fields of engineering. Many of today’s engineers spend most of their time in front of a computer: processing, analysing, and extracting data to help them design, test and improve products and tools. With coding and programming knowledge, today’s engineers can work faster and come up with more creative design solutions that otherwise would be out of reach without programming.

Scratch introduces children to programming in a logical way by opening the door to the world of programming. Just as any student can be an engineer, any student can program! Some Examples of types of engineers that use programming are: Chemical engineers use programming to run simulations, analyse results, or do large filesystem tasks that would be tedious by hand. Mechanical and Industrial engineers use unique software to program the robots and machines that help make many of the products that we buy. Electrical engineers use programming to write simulations and collect data for testing designs

In EFK Software Engineering Scratch Video Sensing course, students will use Scratch to catch flying pancakes, traces objects, create works of art, recreate sounds of musical instruments and jump over different obstacles when exploring coding foundation using Scratch.
What’s more fun than playing an interactive video game? Writing one! Video sensing allows students to design and program their own video games and then test them by interacting with the program via webcam.

In October every Wednesday after school, we will have Scratch Video Sensing for age 7-10 at North Point. Check it out from our website now.

EFK Scartch
Scartch program Demostration
STEM, Coding, Robotics, Education

Introduction to Mission to Mars & Ocean Journey

24 Aug 2017

At Engineering For Kids, Robotic curriculum is designed in different themes. From Ocean to Mars, Olympic to Davinci’s Design or Environmental to Surgeons and more. Different themes represents different problems sets in different context.
In each of the course, learners will first build their own base robot then understand the challenges in different context. They will then find a solution and configure the robot to solve the specific problems. All the problems are designed for their age in our curriculum from Junior to Apprentice to Master level.

After Summer Robotic Olympic, our next theme is Mars then Ocean. In September Mission to Mars, we will build “Mars Rover” then “Launch into Space” and “Find a Safe Cover”. Throughout this course the students will explore different ways in which a robot could be utilized to explore a distant planet.

 In October Ocean Journey, the robot will release a trapped dolphin, repair a broken pipeline and deliver a box of supplies out to an oil platform. The goal is to teach students about the building and programming aspects of robotics as it relates to real-world issues in ocean exploration.

Robotics courses is not just about robots. It’s about understanding real-life problems in different aspects. Why it’s a problem and how it impacts. Students will use their imagination to provide the solution and then construct their solution for testing. It is a highly practical course that students really work on real-life.

Mission to Mars
Concept image of exploring Mars

EFK Robotics Course – What’s Inside?

17 Aug 2017

EFK Robotics courses cover Junior to Apprentice to Master level with over twenty different themes. Students in our last robotics workshop “2020 Robotics Olympics” enjoy the class very much. One of the parent comments “My son is very excited to attend the course everyday. He loves to play with EV3 so much! The course has provided a lot of creative ideas for him.” Another parent says “My son is having fun and enjoyable time in class. He loves all his work being done in class and able to share his bring back with us at home.” Not just parents, students also share their joy in their feedback. One of the girl participant, Bernice reflects in her feeling “I love having a lesson like this. This is the best lesson ever.” Another boy participant, Porus says “Instead of just learning, you are also having fun.” You can also see other people comments in our new website.

After Robotic Olympic, we will launch another popular Robotic course in North Point on every Sunday morning. The course will be about mission to Mars. Students will be coding robots this time to solve problems that human will encounter in extreme terrains on Mars. Tasks performed by robots this time will include exploring areas that humans cannot travel, assisting safe disposal of explosives, analysing data provided by sensors and react to it appropriately and mimic the behaviour of humans or animals.

Innovative minds need constant stimulation. Students will be solving new problems related to the extreme conditions on Mars this time. Different problems set will bring in different fun and challenges to learners. The learning journey will be beyond traditional classroom activities that students experience.

Mechanical Course

12 August 2017

Mechanical concept sounds very complex but when we apply it in Engineering For Kids workshop for age 4-14 students, it brings lots of fun and challenges.
Mechanical Workshop includes making toys like Spinners, Magical Boomerang Cans, Windup Whirligigs or creating widgets like roller coasters, catapults, egg-drop vehicles or even air powered dragster. Students will not need to design, create, test and then
 
improve which is based upon our Engineering Design Process (EDP). The process empowers students to use their creativity to design, basic mechanical principles to create, scientific mind to test before further improving the design and rebuild. Students usually have full motivation to improve their product and make it work better and better.
In the coming regular September workshop, we will bring two courses related to Mechanical concepts. “Let’s Make Toys” on Sunday morning in North Point is designed for junior age 4-6. To expand on the children’s passion for toys, this workshop will allow them to design and create their own toys like Buzzer and guitar vibration, Boomerang Can and Spinner. “Design Extreme” on Wednesday after school in North Point is for apprentice age 7-10. Machines of distinct purpose will be designed and created on their own to solve how long, how strong, how fast and how can questions. They can  explore further at home after each session.