e² Young Engineers® programs include after-school enrichment classes, pre-school classes, summer camps, birthday parties and special events where children are given an opportunity to LEARN while having FUN building with the world’s favorite building block – LEGO®! Our programs utilize an EDUTAINMENT (education + entertainment) approach, transforming the learning process into a game while introducing children to theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
To inspire kids in STEM subjects, not only kids who pursue a career in science, but ALL KIDS!
Majority of researchers agree, there are too few STEM students and workers. The need for inspiring STEM education is critical in today’s changin dynamics of the world. There might be enough people going through the curriculum, but there is not enough focus on quality – and this is where Young Engineers make a difference.
In his recent article “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth”, Robert Charette writes: “Many children born today are likely to live to be 100 and to have not just one distinct career but two or three by the time they retire at 80. Rather than spending our scarce resources on ending a STEM shortage, we should figure out how to make all children literate in the sciences, technology, and the arts to give them the best foundation to pursue a career and then transition to new ones.”
Young Engineers’ after school hours program has been developed to literate primary school kids in STEM and develop their critical thinking. Young Engineers is committed to cater to the needs of the parents to reach the maximum possible number of students helping them to BUILD THEIR TOMORROW, TODAY.
The e² Young Engineers Story
The inspiring story of e² Young Engineers starts with the experience of founder and managing director, Amir Asor. As a child with learning disabilities, Amir had a hard time in school and found that traditional teaching methods weren’t a good fit for him. Amir received little encouragement from his teachers, who did not think he would amount to very much.
Despite low expectations, Amir enrolled at The Open University of Israel, where he realized his potential, graduating with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science. Determined to overcome his learning disability and thrive as a college student, Amir found that he was able to teach himself difficult concepts using a hands-on approach that was better suited to his learning style. Having accomplished the unthinkable, Amir was determined to make a difference in the lives of children by offering an alternative edutainment-based approach to learning math, science and engineering. It was the combination of the failure of the traditional education system and his realization that he and many others learn differently that started him on the path toward what would become e² Young Engineers.
In 2008, at the age of 23, Amir introduced e² Young Engineers, a supplemental education program that teaches children critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through LEGO® robotics, to eight local centers in his community. Amir achieved great success with these initial classes, and before the end of 2009, his programs had expanded to over 90 educational centers, demonstrating astronomical growth.
In 2011, Amir, the student his teachers said would never amount to much, was awarded by Prince Charles with the Youth Business International Entrepreneur of The Year honor, highlighting the impact e² Young Engineers has made on individual students and their communities.
In an effort to provide children across the world the opportunity to benefit from the e² Young Engineers program, the company began franchising the business in 2012. In less than 18 months, e² Young Engineers recruited 10 local franchisees in Israel in addition to 11 franchisees throughout the globe.
Today, e² Young Engineers is dedicated to sharing its unique method of edutainment across the globe. e² Young Engineers currently has over 50,000 students participating in their programs in 20 countries and across five continents with more in development.