Sylvan EDGE with Bill Nye NYC Event for STEM After-school Classes #FindYourEDGE
During an event today, Sylvan Learning announced a partnership with Bill Nye (the science guy) for the of launch Sylvan EDGE – a new series of engaging, hands-on programs designed to help parents incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) content into their children’s after-school activities.
Note: I was invited as media to this event, however, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
Bill Nye spoke with me during a mini interview about why he partnered with Sylvan Learning
“I am very excited to be working with Sylvan to raise awareness of the importance of Science Technology Engineering & Math for our students, especially for kids in elementary school,” Bill Nye said. “Getting kids in programs like EDGE gives them a solid start, building the confidence and skills they need to be successful as our society’s technology advances and changes.”
But why a need for the Sylvan EDGE program?
Recently Sylvan Learning polled parents with kids in 1st - 8th grades to uncover their concerns regarding STEM education. The survey revealed a lot including
- 75% Of Parents Believe That Schools Outside Of The U.S. Teach Children More About Technology Skills Needed For The Global Workforce
- 89% Of Parents Feel It’s Up To Them To Ensure That Their Child Is Exposed To Stem Outside Of The Classroom
- 88% Of Parents Would Be Willing To Make A Sacrifice To Pay For An Educational After-School Program
For parents looking for a way to help their children's STEM education improve, Sylvan EDGE offers innovative classes in Robotics, Coding, Engineering and Accelerated Math.
During the event my son and I tried out each station to discover how it can be used to help kids improve their STEM skills. While we both enjoyed the activities, as a parent I was impressed how each station broken concepts down to a level that was easy for kids to understand and follow along.
From learning how to code to building a robot, it was on a level that my son could grasp and follow along. I can see how continued use of this system would improve a child's STEM education.
Of course it helps that Sylvan Learning has also partnered with top Ed-Tech companies including LEGO® Education and Tynker to develop unique and engaging programs for students in grades 1-8. Children will have the opportunity to build and create robots with LEGO® Education WeDo, an easy-to-use LEGO set coupled with graphical programming software that introduces young students to robotics. Children will also develop apps and video games, using Tynker’s programming tools and tutorials
In connection with this launch event in New York, more than 500 Sylvan Centers will be launching "Find Your Edge" events in local communities throughout the U.S. and Canada to introduce families to STEM activities that engage kids.
Centers are encouraging parents, scout leaders, coaches and educators to help children "Find Their Edge" by offering more than 6,000 free hands-on experiences like robotics and coding to reach more than 60,000 kids nationwide.
For details on how to sign up for a free class, visit - www.SylvanEdgeBash.com
For more information about SylvanLearning, visit - www.SylvanLearning.com