Welcome to Locally Grown! Locally Grown introduces you to the people and stories behind Local Lake County businesses. Have you met this month’s featured business owner, Monte Turnage, yet? Monte is the owner of Engineering For Kids.Monte and his wife Krista bring their passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to the children of Lake County through Engineering for Kids. After-school programs, workshops, weekend classes, summer camps and birthday parties are just a few of the ways kids experience hands-on learning. In addition, look to Engineering For Kids for homeschool and scout programs, in-school field trips, and parents’ night out events.
Engineering For Kids emphasizes opening doors for future learning opportunities by exposing kids to STEM at an early age. As a result, children grow to love the STEM fields and acquire the tools necessary to perform well in these fields in the future. In addition, Engineering For Kids instructors foster a cooperative group learning environment where children work together to problem-solve and complete projects.
Engineering For Kids participants
- build problem-solving skills;
- discover how things work;
- explore engineering as a career option;
- learn math and science while having fun; and
- engage in real-world engineering problems.
Monte speaks deeply of his desire to bring a variety of engineering classes to kids in Lake County. Topics include computer coding, plus aerospace, civil, environmental, industrial, marine, mechanical, robotics, chemical, and industrial engineering. The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes teach children about aircraft and spacecraft design. Furthermore, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, helicopters by investigating and experimenting, and most importantly, having fun.
Engineering For Kids expects to work with over 1,200 kids this year at more than 35 locations. Check with your child’s school or park district find a program near you. Class and camp locations are also listed on the Engineering For Kids website. Talk to a school administrator, or contact Engineering For Kids, for more information about bringing programs to your school district.
Even more exciting, at select locations this fall, Engineering For Kids is holding Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy classes. Students will earn Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy or Computer Science Certificates upon completion. Classes are offered at Stevenson High School, Lindenhurst Park District, and Vernon Hills High School.
Finally, don’t miss out on the fabulous birthday party options. Engineering For Kids brings fun and learning to parties for memorable and unique celebrations. Two hosts from Engineering For Kids will guide a 60- to 90-minute, hands-on engineering activity. Party themes include a Blast-Off Rocket Party, LEGO® Robotics Sumo Bots Challenge, Make-Your-Own Ice Cream, and more. Plus, Engineering For Kids can also customize a theme for your party and additional activities are available to extend the party time up to an hour.
Little Lake County Exclusive!
Engineering For Kids is offering our readers an exclusive 20% off on all party package reservations made by September 30th, 2016. Be sure to mention Little Lake County when you register. Contact Engineering For Kids at [email protected], or call 224-372-7805 to take advantage of this offer.
Disclosure: Engineering For Kids is our featured Locally Grown Business of the Month. This series of features is part of a paid partnership with Little Lake County. Contact littlelakecounty[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in featuring your own locally-owned business in our monthly series.