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.

 

Tips for Selecting Summer Camp

10 May 2018

Summer is incredible, right? No test, no homework schedule, no tutorial and free times abounds.

Yet after a week or so, boredom sets in, and kids and the couch start to become inseparable. Glued to smartphones while binging on YouTube, or just mindlessly mashing buttons as they play video games for hours on end.
Great for balancing out the unstructured, school-free times, summer camps are fun, build character, and provide opportunities for kids to meet new friends. When kids stay intellectually engaged during their holiday, allow them to solve right level of challenging problems, build their own design solution and test it under our interactive questions designed in our curriculum, they will be motivated and energised in the summer camp learning journey.
Here are seven tips on how to make the summer camp selection process a little more manageable.
1. Set your expectations

Before you can pick the right summer camp, you need to first define “right;” and you do so by setting expectations.

Start by asking one simple question—what do you want your children to gain from their experience? You send them to school so they can get smarter, and off to soccer practice so they can become a better stronger. Sending them to summer camp shouldn’t be any different.

The goal is to get kids excited about summer by finding programs that speak to their current interests. By starting the process with you and your child on the same page and speaking the same language, you’re more likely to find a camp you both love.

2. Select the right genre

Once you’ve established what you’re hoping to gain from camp, it’s time to narrow down the types of programs that can meet those needs.

Whatever the types of programs you select, if you think of long-term development for your kids, then you need to observe their changes of behaviours, what they share with you after the activities, how they see different things, what type of questions they raise and what’s their feedback to the courses. By observing these changes, you will notice that whether it is what you and your kids expect and how you both can further develop from this angle onwards.

3. Find instructors your kids will adore

To start, they should be passionate about teaching kids. We’ve all seen the instructors who are attached to their smartphones; that’s not who you want supervising your children. Instead, instructors should be fun, upbeat, and both passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects they’re teaching.

Determining the quality of instructors before attending camp is difficult, but doable. Check if they provide student and parent reviews or references. Come to the class and observe how your kids doing so as to confirm as well

Last, look for low student-to-instructor ratios and be sure your that your camp runs background checks on all instructors. Safety first!

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4. Don’t be afraid to research.

Luckily, there are many ways to learn more about camps that catch your kid’s interest. Ask around and see where other friends have sent their kids to camp. A personal recommendation is often a great indicator of what your student’s experience will be like. Plus, kids always have a great time when they get to attend camp with a few friends.

At STEMex, we design our summer camps with your kids creativity in mind. We aim at inspiring your kids in our Engineering Design Process that motivate your kids long term innovation learning journey in all aspects not just for technology field but other humanity areas. Find out more from our holiday camp page https://www.stemex.org/holiday-camp

 

Summer Camp, more then just fun!

4 May 2018

We are quickly approaching the summer months. After busy school life and stressful examination, you and your kids properly want to have a FUN summer time. Yes, but it could be more!
While it’s always amazing to see our learners are having great time in our summer camp, it’s the benefits and positive outcomes really stand out.
What qualifies us to write why STEM summer camp is good for kids?
Since Engineering For Kids launched in US, we have trained up 350,000 students around the world. While a lot of young minds absorb the benefits of STEM experiences, that’s even more parents witnessing growth and development in their children. Thus, there is plenty of feedback to draw from and report on.
Here we share a few favourites feedback collected so far:
1. Allows a deep dive into new found skill
Even some of the schools offer STEM related activities, summer camp allows deeper dive.
Think about giving your child a week or more to be immersed in building Smart City, or specific skill-building likes Robotics or Technology & Coding. These opportunities exist at summer camp, and it’s tough to find such focused activity elsewhere.
Plus, kids and teens are able to really get out of their comfort zone to take some risks with their skills, without fear of failure and resulting negative consequence. In fact, in our Engineering Design Process, we encourage learners to brainstorm, design, test and then improve and redesign. That’s what our learners like most in their class.
2. Allows kids to express themselves creatively
All the problems designed in the course are new to most of the learners. They need to understand and suggest a solution to solve the problem independently when they work in individual task or work collaborative with others when the problem request them to work in group. In both situation, learners need to explain why they design their solution in this way and test. Instructors will stimulate their thinking with questions on their design based upon our course design methodology. Learners will then need to redesign and retest until they search for their best result.
3. Allows confidence to be reinforced
Whether it is Smart City design or Robotics & Coding, every STEM activity comes with its own set of mini milestones and tests. Some of these activities might be brand new to your child, while others could be extensions of what they already know.

Maybe they’ve never played robot before, or perhaps they’ve played robot but have never attempted a basketball shooting using robots. By putting the robots in a real-life situation problems, they need to design, test and redesign to achieve the given goal and thus an increase in confidence will result when they master. From there, your student leaves camp with internal support strong enough to compel them to try out for other robotics & coding related activities…and then who knows what they will become.

4. Allow your kids stay intellectually engaged

Some parents complain summer learning loss or summer brain drain for their kids during the long vacation. STEM camp stimulates learners mental thinking on solving real-life problems no matter your choice of the camp. The mental stimulation may also help your kids find a new interest that further enable them for next level of personal development.

5. Build resilience for your kids

This is a culmination of many of the above benefits. New interests confidence, independent thinking, creativity senses. All of these things contribute to the development of your child as they make strides from being a kid to a strong, considerate, competent adult.

6 It is is Fun and Entertaining

There are many factors that go into the decision to send your child to summer camp, and it shouldn’t hinge solely on whether or not they need to be entertained for a week or couple weeks.

Summer camp is many things. If you regularly send your kids to camp, now you have a few new benefits to look out for, and harvest in your children.

If you send your son or daughter to camp to have fun, that is great! But also try and prep them beforehand to ensure they maximize their ability to attain the benefits above.

And last, if you haven’t yet sent your child to camp, and you’re wondering what summer camp does for kids, I hope this helps in your future planning.

Next step? Just think about camp differently and we will continue to share the tips for selecting summer camp in our blog.