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Let's Make! Getting Started With Engineering

In this 8 week class, students will get their hands on diverse projects to give them a real taste of engineering.
Ian Nelson
2467 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will:
-- Gain appreciation for diverse fields of engineering
-- Practice hands-on problem-solving during class meetings
-- Explore different ways engineers create machines, structures, and processes
-- Persist when working on hard challenges
I'm a mechanical engineer and engineering educator who loves helping students get their hands on engineering design!
No homework is required although students may want to continue working on their design challenges between classes or read the suggested book with their grown-ups.
Students should bring a home makerspace of supplies with them. A good makerspace will fit inside a bin. Students should have tools like a hot glue gun, scissors, a screwdriver set (for punching holes in cardboard), and duct tape. A well-stocked makerspace will include materials like cardboard (of different thicknesses), paper, paper clips, binder clips, wooden skewers, buttons, rubber bands, straws, magnets, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, balloons, plastic cups, spools, Ziploc bags, and beads [substitutions are welcome]. Weeks 7 and 8 of this class have a specific supply list. In these weeks, students will need to have access to a kitchen, a thermometer, and ingredients that can be purchased from the grocery store. An exact list of supplies (with appropriate substitutions) will be available to enrolled learners.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Assessment is done informally by giving students feedback on their designs in progress.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
A home makerspace requires tools like a hot glue gun, scissors, a screwdriver set (for punching holes in cardboard), and duct tape. Please review appropriate and safe use with your learner before class. Additionally, please ensure that your learner can be adequately supervised during class to use these tools safely and appropriately. Neither Outschool nor the teacher is liable for any injuries to your learner through using their makerspace supplies.


Ian Nelson
Lives in the United States
Engineer Extraordinaire and Facilitator of Ian Genuity's Engineering Adventures
2467 total reviews
2267 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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