Classes at Engineering For Kids of Greater Philadelphia Area
Offering the Coolest Enrichment Programs Around
Engineering for Kids of Greater Philadelphia is now offering Virtual Classes. Visit our Virtual Programs page to learn more!
Why Do Parents Love Our After-School Activities & Classes?
Parents love Engineering For Kids for many reasons, some of which include:
- We create a learning enrichment environment that’s suitable and enjoyable for children between the ages of 4 and 14
- Our esteemed educators are highly trained, kind, and compassionate
- We offer a variety of programs at different times to accommodate almost any schedule
Studies show that children enjoy going to school when they have fun after-school activities to attend. Our enrichment classes serve as the perfect win-win for parents and children alike. They also allow children to create new interests and build friendships that can last a lifetime.
We, at the Greater Philadelphia Engineering For Kids, are passionate about our programs because we believe that early exposure to STEM education has a lasting impact on a child's future. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on record as saying that a student's experience with STEM coursework has proven to be an important indicator for overall college readiness and post secondary success. Furthermore, STEM education serves as the foundation for many of today's growing careers, such as media, medicine, biotechnology and engineering.
At Engineering For Kids, we put the excitement in STEM education by offering fun, hands-on learning for children ages 4 to 14. Our offering includes activities that range from building rockets and roller coasters to making foam and flub to programming video games and robots. The variety of programming is extraordinary!
After School Activities at Multiple Schools
- Abington Friends School, Abington
- Agnes Irwin, Bryn Mawr
- Carnell School, Philadelphia
- Community Education Center, Doylestown
- Greene Street Friends School, Philadelphia
- Montgomery School, Chester Springs
- Sacred Heart Academy, Bryn Mawr
- Saint Margaret Parish, Narbeth
- Saint Peter’s School, Philadelphia
- The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr
Minecraft EDU: Medieval Redstone -Minecraft EDU is an expansive game that lets players design and create unique worlds with amazing structures. One of the more complicated aspects of Minecraft EDU is Redstone, which is Minecraft EDU’s version of electrical circuitry. This class will introduce students to the many uses of Redstone through a Medieval themed adventure of creation, exploration, and castle besieging, with students making mine cart tracks to help them gather resources, working together to build their kingdom, and designing traps to defend their castle, all with the use of Redstone.
Minecraft EDU: Traveling Into The Future: Join us in an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged
by a series of natural disasters. Each day, students rely on the engineering
design process to solve a series of challenges such as building a city
on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest and even
building a rocket to land on the moon! Through the application of engineering
principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual
world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.
Momentum Madness Camp - Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will learn basics of industrial, mechanical and electrical engineering. They will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters and hovering levitrons, which should be able to withstand astonishing speeds. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!
Building Cities - Do you have what it takes to engineer a magnificent city from an inhabitable environment? During this camp, students form their very own construction crew and work together as a team to build a city from the ground up. Crews design essential urban structures, develop processes to purify water and generate their own power. Join up with a crew to compete in challenges designed to test the strength of your designs in Building Cities.
Out of this World Adventure Camp - Is mankind ready to inhabit the moon? With some help from Engineering
for Kids students, humans will be prepared to take up residence by the
end of the week. Students will team up to create the safest and most effective
community on the moon. Aerospace, chemical and civil engineering are all
introduced in this camp. Students will utilize the Engineering Design
Process to create their very own straw rockets, bottle rockets, bridges and more!
Software Engineering: Scratch Video Sensing - 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. Using the acclaimed video game software developed by the engineers at MIT, Scratch, students work together to create their own games, art, and musical instruments while exploring coding foundations. Get up and get moving with Engineering For Kids and Scratch Video Sensing.
Survivor Camp: Engineer's Cove - Stranded on an abandoned island - surrounded by darkness, cold temperatures, wild animals and other dangers. Students in this camp will join tribes and compete in various engineering-related challenges to survive and eventually escape the harsh island conditions. Electrical, aerospace and marine engineering are all introduced in this camp. Students will utilize the Engineering Design Process to create their very own flashlights, parachutes, powerboats and more! Join us in the first ever Engineering for Kids Survivor challenge!
Wreck-It! Week - Smash! Crash! BOOM! Students in this camp will join Wrecking Companies for the week and will attempt to work their way up the ranks of their company from Intern to President. They will compete against other wrecking companies in various engineering-related challenges, such as building a bridge from balsawood and constructing safety mechanisms to protect a raw egg from impact. Mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering will all be introduced in this camp. Put on your hard hats and safety goggles and join the fun!
Heroes Camp - It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as building a wind turbine to provide the world with energy after a blackout. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes! Environmental, mechanical and civil engineering will all be introduced in this camp.
How Amusing! - Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on racecars (mechanical), zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster (mechanical) and enjoying a cold, refreshing ice cream treat (chemical) at the end of a hot, sticky day. Can’t get better than that! Students will divide into competitive theme park teams. They will challenge other teams in specific engineering-related contests with the goal of creating the most fantastic and thrilling theme park experience.
Engineering Olympiad - Who has the strength to be a world-class athlete? In this camp, students will separate into counties and will compete against opposing counties in various tests of mental and creative strength. The students will earn “medals” throughout the week and will endeavor to become the next great team of Olympians. In this camp, students will build sail boats (mechanical), hovering levitrons (electrical) and more!
The Engineering of Power & Energy - Today’s engineers encounter a range of challenges when capturing power and energy. How do we produce electricity? How can we harness power to help others? These questions and more are explored in The Engineering of Power and Energy. Join us as students work together to harness energy from some not-so-obvious energy sources, as well as explore the powerful possibilities of kinetic and potential energy! The Engineering of Power and Energy…where engineering becomes truly electrifying!
Amazing Race - Pack your bags, engineers, and get ready for an adventure! Team up with others for a wild ride across the globe and beyond! Students will carefully engineer vehicles that can traverse the most treacherous terrains, brave the highest seas and soar above the clouds—are you up for the challenge? Grab your passports and catch a flight straight to Engineering for Kids—a truly unbelievable journey!
LEGO® Robotics: Mindstorms - This LEGO® Robotics camp is designed to introduce students to both robot building as well as programming. The students will build robots to accomplish a specific task while using their imagination to make their robot better than the basic robot. During the class students will discover the Engineering Design Process in a real world setting as they test their robots multiple times.
LEGO® Robotics: Mission Mars - This LEGO® Robotics camp is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. Throughout this camp, students design and program robots to explore an unknown planet, find safe shelter and collect soil samples from the planet.
LEGO® Robotics: Rescue Robots - This LEGO® Robotics camp is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. Throughout this camp, students design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations such as moving rubble after an earthquake, retrieving survivors after an avalanche and more!
LEGO® Robotics: Robot Olympics - This LEGO® Robotics camp is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming robots in a fun and competitive way. Throughout this camp, students will create robots that take part in a series of sports related challenges, including hockey, tug-of-war and robot wrestling!
Electronic Game Design: Racing Games - Buckle up! Students will get to hop into the driver seat and experience the life of a video game designer. Using Multimedia Fusion 2®, students will create their own racing game. They will design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. Students will take home a copy of the game they create.
Electronic Game Design: Witches and Wizards - In this camp, students will create their own unique Witches and Wizards-themed platform game using Multimedia Fusion 2. Students will design and program a side-scrolling, two-dimensional, Mario-type game in which wizards and witches attempt to avoid obstacles and overcome enemies while seeking out the fearless enemy leader. As the sun sets on the final day of camp, students will receive a copy of their game to take home to play another day.
Electronic Game Design: Invader Defense - Electronic game design is one of the most imagination driven forms of engineering. Physics or real world issues do not bind video game designers unlike conventional engineers. Anything a video game designer can think up he or she can build without limitations. In this camp, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2 to create their own invader defense game video game. Whether students wish to fire marshmallows or missiles, they will build a complete video game as they program characters to survive a wave of enemy attacks in order to reach the next level. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.
Junior Camp Kelvin - Pack your bags and lace up your hiking boots engineers, because at Camp Kelvin, we are engineering designs to help us explore the great outdoors. Build a tent, design waterproof clothing, engineer your own survival pack and more! Join us for a week of fun and adventure where everyone goes home a happy camper!
Junior Engineers Camp - This camp introduces our youngest engineers to various fields of engineering through fun, hands-on activities. Throughout the week, children will make their own airplanes and rockets (aerospace), play-dough and flub (chemical), ice cream (industrial) and more!
Junior Inventor's Workshop - We have opened up the workshop for a week of fun, creativity, and of course -- engineering! Over the course of a week, students will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process. Discover how a wind-up toy works and design your own drawing robot inside the Engineering For Kids Inventor’s Workshop.
Junior Mechanical Engineering Camp - This camp introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students design and build their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more.
Engineers: Under Construction (aka Jr. Engineering of Cities) - Put on your hard hats engineers and join
us for our Engineering of Cities! In this camp, students work hard to
apply their knowledge of construction to save the beach from erosion and
build their very own city from the ground up. From roads and tunnels to
buildings and skyscrapers, students discover that no job’s too tough
for an Engineering for Kids engineer!
Wings, Wheels & Sails (aka Jr. Engineering of Travel) - Guten Tag! Travel the world with Kelvin and our core of engineers as we explore the Engineering of Travel. Drive across the United States, build a boat to sail the Mediterranean, and fly to the Orient in this fun engineering experience. Join us on an amazing adventure as we engineer planes, cars, boats and rockets to travel the globe, and beyond.
Pirate Academy (Junior) - Arg Matey! Come join Kelvin’s crew as we sail the ocean blue searching for buried treasure. Join us as students build their very own pirate ship, go fishing for treasure and work together in Kelvin’s crew to create a delicious treat that’s more precious than gold. Hop aboard the Green Ghost and set sail with us as we explore the Engineering of Pirates!
Junior LEGO® Robotics: Wild Animals & Mechanical Engineering - This LEGO® Robotics camp is specifically designed for the youngest
engineers. Using the LEGO® WeDo bricks and software, the goal of this
class is to introduce students to the concept of what robotics is as well
as give them a chance to build and program their first robot. Students
will build a hungry alligator, roaring lion, drumming monkey and more!
This camp will also introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts
of energy, materials and movement. Through open and focused exploration,
students design and build their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more.
Junior LEGO® Robotics: Adventure Stories & Aerospace Engineering- This LEGO® Robotics camp is specifically designed for the youngest engineers. Using the LEGO® WeDo bricks and software, the goal of this class is to introduce students to the concept of what robotics is as well as give them a chance to build and program their first robot. Students will build an airplane, a sailboat, a giant and more! This camp will also introduce our youngest engineers to basic concepts as they relate to the science of aircrafts. Through open and focused exploration, students will build and design their own airplane, straw rocket, parachute, helicopter and more!
Space Pioneers: Programming with Scratch - Using the acclaimed video game software developed by the engineers at MIT, come and embark on fun journey to space with Scratch! Send an astronaut to the moon and defend your moon base from space rocks. Learn how to use Scratch to create and program sprites, backdrops and basic scripts. Create a new program each day, leave with evidence of your wild space adventure and be inspired to explore the universe of programming as a Space Pioneer.