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Science & Nature

Engineering of Everyday Things for Kids

Talk with a real engineer about how people invented some of your favorite everyday objects!
Ian Nelson
2499 total reviews for this teacher
56 reviews for this class
Completed by 417 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
50 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Students will be able to:
-- Ask questions to explore how engineers bring ideas to life
-- Identify improvements for everyday objects
-- Think creatively with recycled materials
-- Practice prototyping
I'm a mechanical engineer and engineering educator with a passion for helping empower kids to understand the world around them. 
Each week, learners will be challenged about how to build a "new and improved" version of our object of the week. They can create a rough three-dimensional prototype (preferred) or sketch their ideas. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
The teacher will provide a blank engineering design journal (distributed electronically as pdf documents). Students will be encouraged to use found and recycled materials when creating prototypes of new and improved objects.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will have the opportunity to show and tell their inventions at the beginning of class.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Ian Nelson
Lives in the United States
Engineer Extraordinaire and Facilitator of Ian Genuity's Engineering Adventures
2499 total reviews
2333 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm an engineer committed to giving students amazing experiences in math, science, and engineering. I believe that learning happens when kids ask questions and explore their interests. I look forward to helping your kids leverage their... 
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