Virtual Camps

Week long half-day camps to keep young engineers curious, busy, and engaged.

Online Classes

Focused one-hour classes that meet 8 times. Reward your young engineer with a focused learning experience spanning four fun weeks.

Online Enrichment for Schools

Starting this Fall, bring online enrichment to you school or district.

“My daughter is normally very shy and timid, especially on video calls and with strangers. She felt so comfortable today that she chatted the class’s proverbial ear off.

Cynthia B.
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THE ASCENDLY APPROACH

Guided STEM Exploration

Starting with curious kids, we give them the desire, the skills, the confidence, the competence, and the resources to build cool stuff.  Kids graduate from Ascendly classes thinking like an engineer, talking like an engineer, building like an engineer, and solving problems like an engineer.

Every lesson strives to combine a technical skill, critical thinking, and an open ended project.  We don’t buy kits, nor use instruction booklets.  We teach specific skills, provide goals, and then let the children explore the many ways they can progress towards that goal.  We make a safe environment for the kids to fail on a project, so that a successful build becomes deeply ingrained and not soon forgotten.  Each student gets to use their own tools and supplies, rarely needing to share, letting them truly explore and grow.

One of the biggest joys in life is to point to something, and say, “I made that!”  Ascendly kindles that joy in young children and prepares them for a lifetime of creating.  Such preparation is good for the students, the communities, and the country.  Our mission is to spread engineering fun to kids everywhere.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Ascendly LEGO® Structures course, for example, embraces the belief that if given fun and engaging projects, even the youngest students learn to think like an engineer.  It transitions them from simply following instructions to becoming problem formulators and problem solvers.  The course also encourages students to design their own use cases that tell a story of how an aspect of the project will eventually be used and to present those stories to the class.  While still mindful of the limitations and opportunities of working with such young students, the course teaches engineering vocabulary, construction skills, and the engineering design process.The students have the engineering design process driven home by experiencing visceral and laugh-out-loud consequences.  For example, one step of the design process is to ask questions to better understand the problem and to articulate use cases.   Initially, the kids tend not to ask very many questions, but an early project, involving building a high-rise structure, has them experience those logical ramifications. When they fail to determine the geographic location of the final structure, they are surprised to learn the building is meant for Florida.  Their curiosity increases when we talk about the hurricanes that Floridians have to live through.  The students find it hilarious when the teacher unveils the shop-fan and starts toppling the less-sturdy creations.  By the last class, all the kids eagerly explore the problem-space before they start building, just like a good engineer.To help keep parents involved, before each class, parents receive an email sharing details of the day’s class plan.  Along with photos of typical projects, the email also contains suggested questions and discussion topics.

Join us as we turn young minds into young engineers.

Giving kids the confidence to explore

Our Courses

Open-Ended Learning

The Ascendly LEGO® Structures course for Kindergartners, for example, embraces the belief that if given fun and engaging projects, even the youngest students learn to think like an engineer.  It transitions them from simply following instructions to becoming problem formulators and problem solvers.  The course also encourages students to design their own use cases that tell a story of how an aspect of the project will eventually be used and to present those stories to the class.  While still mindful of the limitations and opportunities of working with such young students, the course teaches engineering vocabulary, construction skills, and the engineering design process. Every course follows an open-ended learning philosophy.  

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