What can kids at the age of five do with electronics beside manipulate a remote for passive TV viewing or phlegmatically educate themselves via an iPad? At Tech EdVentures in Dallas, kids as young as four can learn how to use solderless breadboards, batteries, LEDs and resistors to create electronic circuits; create green energy electric buzzers, a potato with zinc and copper probes to power a clock and more.
My son attended an Electronics Lab Camp at Tech EdVentures and he truly came away electrified with force! He was galvanized through a great combination of active classroom education with electronics and hands-on experience.
My son loves cars. He is seriously obsessed with cars. One day at the camp, he created headlights for a car, through circuits and a bread board. To internalize the idea and understand that lights in a car can be created like this was extremely exciting for him. The idea that he could have a hand in directly creating such was beyond amazing, yet imaginable since he actually did it!
At this camp, I also observed kids learning and being taught the basics of electricity; What it does and how it works. When creating circuits, teachers would use repetitive high leveled technical vocabulary and details to explain and walk kids though what was needed in order to complete circuits.
The teachers did not hold back, and the children rose to the occasion, each teacher patiently explaining the vocabulary; the children absorbing quickly and fully, what they were learning immediately fortified by dynamic participation.
Children learned about resistors and what happens when you put the anode (long leg) and cathode (short leg) of LED lights into a minus or positive place or horizontal vs vertical place on an electronic bread board and how all of those small details play such an important role in completing a circuit.
Children also experimented with play-doh and wires learning the differences between closed, open and short circuits. Through this, when they created a full closed circuit their light lit up. They would ask open-ended questions such as “why is the light on?” “how do we call a circuit like this?” and then the teacher would have the child remove a wire and ask “what do we call this circuit?”
My son’s other favorite projects were creating circuits to sound a buzzer and make a propeller move. Wonderful analogies with waterfalls and how water only goes in one direction while the teacher moved her arms and hands showing this made great imagery for the children trying to understand potentially complex circuits.
Want your child to be educated with some real world technology using hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills? I’m elated with what Tech EdVentures has to offer. Whether you want to dramatically advance the technology skills of your child, challenge their critical thinking skills or just let them geek out on computers, Tech EdVentures is the place you should check out.
Tech EdVentures located in Dallas, TX, 17290 Preston Road. They still have some camp spots open.
So Enroll your child today to light up their circuits!