Have you heard about Growin’GEERS? No? Well until recently, I had never heard of them either. But after Alex sent me an email telling me all about her wonderful company I knew I had to spread the word!
Growin’GEERS is a company whose mission is to engage with elementary children and get them interested in engineering. GEERS is an acronym for Getting Early Engineers Ready for Success. Growin’GEERSs want to show children the impact that engineers make on the world. They do this through using specific engineering concepts that are fun and relatable to children.
Growin’GEERS is an online and hands on activity. It’s designed to introduce your child to engineering concepts and show them how engineers affect the world. Once you enroll you will receive an introduction to engineering kit via USPS, which includes engineering tools and an introductory game to kick off your child’s adventure. Following the introduction to engineering kit, a new engineering quest will be accessible to your and your child via our website monthly. These quests include interactive videos and detailed instructions for your child and can be completed with easy to find household items. The location of Flynn’s quests change after three quests since she is traveling the world with her parents. Flynn needs your child’s help to solve her problem, so let’s get those gears moving!
Growin’GEERS is hosting an Elementary Engineering Day to give Jacksonville a sneak peek at one of Flynn’s quests and to host a fun-filled day of learning and building for parents and their kids!
In this session, we will complete one quest which is a hands-on engineering activity designed to teach your child about an engineering concept and how engineering applies to the real world. It will be led by our pioneer GEERling, Flynn, as she travels the world with her parents learning about engineering.
The quest we will be doing is made up of three segments:
1) Creativity which focuses on allowing you and your child to solve Flynn’s problem using only their imagination and prior knowledge.
2) Research + Planning which is when Flynn introduces an engineering concept that she has learned that will help you and your child solve the problem.
3) Rebuild + Refine which is where you and your child get a second chance to solve Flynn’s problem using the new knowledge that you have about a certain engineering concept.
This activity is ideal for 7-11 year olds (3rd-5th grade).