We received a free week of classes for Charlie in exchange for our review. All opinions expressed are our own.
With the advancement of technology and computers, we are recognizing now more than ever just how important math and science are to the education of our kids. From a young age, Charlie has been interested in computers, electronics, math, and science, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity for him to stretch his skills!
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and GreenApple Campus has created a curriculum of classes and camps for kids to learn more in these different fields, pick up valuable skills, and learn the newest information on what’s available when it comes to STEM information. With five different locations across the country with four being in Illinois, GreenApple Campus offers a variety of classes and makes it easier than ever to connect you to these opportunities.
The boys and I headed out to the DePaul University Naperville campus. I loved the professional feel of the building and Charlie had no hesitation to attend head-on! Jack was a bit disappointed when he didn’t stay, but I assured him that his time would come soon.
The classrooms each have a different, but simple set-up based on their course. Kids can participate in a variety of programs based on their interest and skill levels.
Robotics & Invention
Kids are challenged to solve problems through invention and design using Lego Education NXT Robotics & more. Activities are driven by the Big Idea, challenge projects, prototypes, testing and reinvention. GreenApple Campus utilizes tools in support of Code.org.
Digital Media & Technology
Kids work with digital media tools and technology to create cool film and video game projects. Multiple tracks are available: Game Design/AppDesign, Film Academy and KidsCode, MinecraftEdu and MinecraftModding. GreenApple Campus utilizes tools in support of Code.org.
Adventure with LEGO®
We make our own adventure as we explore space, cities, forts & castles, future and ancient worlds. A variety of themes are explored using LEGO®.
I loved the diversity of their offerings and could definitely see Charlie completing more than one of these workshops and programs. For this go-around, Charlie opted for MinecraftEdu. Despite being slightly less than the recommended age, his instructor was SO sweet and I loved watching as the other kids helped him to pick things up and answer his questions.
His sessions started with some LEGO building time which I LOVE! He is just now getting into the smaller LEGOs and KiNEX, so this is a perfect opportunity to start honing his skills. I could definitely see him continuing in the LEGO craft in the years to come! Of course, his room had a Minecraft set.
Next, Charlie spent time working on the computer with Minecraft – building his world, learning to use the tools, but also as a community, interacting with other players. I LOVED that the instructor had access to a complete overview with what each of them were doing and could offer suggestions and advice based on how they were doing their tasks.
It was amazing to see how many skills Charlie picked up in the week that he was there. He could easily navigate a mouse and laptop despite being used to my MAC and he was eager to continue his learning! He only took a half-day, so when it was time to leave, he was usually upset that he couldn’t stay the whole day like the older kids!
GreenApple was professional, helpful, and educational. They were a breeze to work with, made recommendations, and offered a diverse range of programs for kids with varying interests. I am excited for Charlie to continue with his STEM interest – I definitely think it will serve him well in the future. For full schedules and locations, check out their website.
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