By Allen Nanyonjo
The e2 Young Engineers Uganda has commenced a new holiday programme for children especially those on the International School Curriculum.
The Programme which started Monday, July 3, ends August 26, according to the e2 Young Engineers Uganda Deputy MD, Ms Maureen Rugyendo.
Ms Rugyendo says the programme is taking place at two known centres in Naalya and La Foret in Muyenga, both Kampala suburbs.
The ‘e2 Young Engineers,’ an Israeli- designed educational enrichment programme, will run the holiday programme for children who wish to spend their holiday time while playing with LEGO and learning STEM principles.
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“The ‘e2 Young Engineers Uganda’ has decided to open two centres starting next week to enable children spend their holidays meaningfully while learning basic practical scientific skills as their parents are busy with work,” said Ms Rugyendo.
The first centre is located in Naalya along Naalya-Namugongo Road in the Eastern part of Kampala City.
It will serve children living in the areas of Namugongo, Naalya, Ntinda, Bweyogerere, Mukono, Bukoto, Naguru, Kamwokya, Kireka, Nakawa and Bugolobi.
The second centre is located in Lower Muyenga in the southern part of Kampala City.
It is situated at La Foret Muyenga Resort Gardens, a serene environment for children and parents rated at 4.0 by Trip Advisor.
It is known for its fancy lifestyle with an ultra modern swimming pool and spacious gardens on the upper side of the pool.
The centre targets children from the surrounding areas of Nambya, Kansanga, Bunga, Buziga, Muyenga, Namuwongo, Munyonyo and Kabalagala.
“The children stand to benefit a lot more than they do when they spend their time jumping in bouncing castles and learning nothing,” promises Ms Sheila Kajwengye, the e2 Young Engineers Uganda Marketing Manager.
Sheila promises more centres to open up around the city in the course of the week.
The e² Young Engineers Uganda started in July 2016 as a franchise of the worldwide ‘e2 Young Engineers’ programme which has since spread to 28 countries including Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The aim is to nurture Uganda’s next generation of Scientists, Innovators, Creators and Entrepreneurs through teaching basic scientific principles to children aged between 4 and 15 using LEGO bricks.
“Together we can create a technologically stronger nation by enabling early childhood learners appreciate Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths principles at an early age,” assured Ms Rugyendo.
At e2 Young Engineers Uganda, a 4 year old goes through five key stages before emerging with a lifetime engineering/ technological project at the age of 15 for the market.
These programmes are: Big Builders (4-6yrs), Bricks Challenge (6-8yrs), GaliLego Technic (8-10yrs), Robo Bricks (10-12 yrs) and Robotics and Software Engineering (12-15yrs)
The programme helps the children to nurture innovation skills, creative thinking, Independent thinking, problem solving skills, high order thinking skills, arigorithmic thinking, analyze engineering processes and acquire self-confidence.
Officials further state the programme also empowers kids with efficacy skills, develop computer orientation skills and finally, children are enabled to become more knowledgeable in Maths and science, thus improving their school performance in the national curriculum.
Ms Rugyendo says the current holiday programme comes at a fee of Shs 100,000 per week with children building different models daily for five days of the week.
Outside of this, the children can also enroll at any of these centres for weekend and after school programmes at a fee of Shs 250,000 per term per child.