In the interest of protecting the public health of our staff and visitors, the Museum is temporarily closing to the public starting Saturday November 14th.
Little Engineers is a hands-on STEM enrichment program that introduces children to science and engineering through creativity and fun. Our child-centered classes build school-ready skills by encouraging observation, communication, and problem solving.
Each session lasts four weeks and is designed for children ages 3-5 with accompanying adult.
Although we would love to welcome you back into the Museum's learning center, in the interest of public health and safety, our first few Little Engineers sessions of 2021 will be fully virtual.
When: Wednesday mornings 9-9:30 AM
What: Class will start with an introduction to the day’s theme through virtual engagement, such as reading a book or exploring the Museum, followed by a guided activity prompt for a student-led project. Optional “office hours” available for 15 minutes after class for further questions or social time with the instructors.
All materials are included in your program price and can be picked up from the Museum a few days before your first class, or shipped directly to you for an additional fee.
January: Storybook Science
January 6, 13, 20, 27
Start each session with a new story as we explore the science and engineering behind our favorite books.
February: Our Favorite Planet
February 3, 10, 17, 24
Investigate our world, and the other worlds around us, as we learn about Earth’s place in the solar system.
To support all learners in our community, regardless of circumstances, we use a "pay what you can" system with three price options:
- Family in Need ($20, covers basic material costs for the Museum)
- Standard ($75, covers materials, staff time, and Museum overhead)
- Program Sponsor ($100, covers all costs plus allows us to offer free or reduced programs for families in financial hardship)
Do I need to participate?
SDASM Remote Learning is not a replacement for adult supervision, and a responsible guardian needs to be present at all times. Our preschool programs are designed to encourage children to lead the activity with an adult helper to facilitate their learning through asking questions and assisting with some trickier motor skills. It can be hard, but try not to give your child all of the answers or fix their problems for them: making mistakes is the most important part!
Are we only going to learn about planes?
Not at all! While we love aviation, Little Engineers encourages children to ask questions about the world around them, and find the science and engineering in their everyday lives.
My child is bright and chatty/shy and methodical/full of energy/not reading yet/reading at a third grade level. Will they be a good fit for this program?
Absolutely. Our lesson plans are highly flexible and child-driven, and all activities are easily adapted to any ability level. Most importantly, our main goal is to have fun!
Will we explore the museum?
Of course! You'll get to virtually sneak a peek at some of our favorite exhibits.
Who will be teaching the class?
Ms. Jamie has over ten years of experience in early childhood education, but she still wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. She loves roller coasters, puppies, and her favorite planet is Mars.
Ms. Mia is an aspiring chef and a cat mom, but spends most of her time as a teacher. She loves singing, hiking, and learning everything she can about insects.
Still have more questions?