It is said that, in the 21st century, the truly successful are those who look at their world and ask the question “What is broken and how can I fix it?”. Founder of e² Young Engineers, Amir Asor, did exactly that. Amir had learning difficulties in school and wanted to create a different approach to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), thus he started Young Engineers in 2008.
In 2011, Amir was rewarded the Entrepreneur of the Year by Youth Business International and by 2012 he started the franchise. The Garden Route’s e² Young Engineers opened their doors in December 2016 and is situated in the Mountview Resort & Lifestyle Village.
Lawrence Lloyd, co-owner of e² Young Engineers Garden Route, has a passion for teaching. While still deeply entrenched in training and development in the mining industry, Lawrence felt the need to move away from adult education and “train kids to be better adults”. He grabbed the opportunity to open an e² Young Engineers in the Garden Route with both hands.
Not only did Lawrence approach all the schools in the George area, he also reached out to home-school groups. He had such success that the rest of the country now applies principles initiated by e² Young Engineers Garden Route for the e² Young Engineers Home-school Club. Agencies in George Mossel Bay and Knysna quickly followed, while Lawrence himself travels to Oudtshoorn on Tuesdays for classes in the Klein Karoo.
The e² Young Engineers programme follows the principle of ‘learning through play’, a philosophy that is highly praised by educators worldwide. A member of ISASA, the Independent Schools Association of South Africa, teachers have to successfully complete all programmes before they can present them. Individual attention to learners has been one of Amir’s dreams and classes can accommodate only 16 pupils. All children can benefit from this approach to STEM regardless of their academic achievement.
e² Young Engineers offers 5 programmes:
Big Builders is prescribed for learners aged 4 – 6, and classes require 1 teacher for every 4 learners.
LEGO Challenge is prescribed for learners aged 7 -11.
GaliLEGO Technic is prescribed for learners aged 10 – 13.
RoboLEGO is prescribed for learners aged 10 – 13.
Robotics and Software Engineering is prescribed for learners aged 10 – 15.
Except for these classes, e² Young Engineers has a holiday programme that has already proved to be highly successful during the summer holidays. These sessions are 2 hours long and extremely popular. Lawrence suggests that bookings are made via their Facebook page. It is often adults who find they enjoy the experience even more than the children.
e² Young Engineers also offers an ideal venue for a birthday party with a difference. No matter how old you are, building something of your own creation remains one of the greatest pleasures in life. Just ask any of the elderly who are part of the senior programme, where e² Young Engineers visits old age homes and builds with the elderly.
If you are curious about e² Young Engineers and would like to see what they are all about, visit one of their workshops at the upcoming Sedgefield Slow Festival on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April 2017. You will have difficulty tearing yourself and the kids away!
The e² Young Engineers is offering the following classes:
Monday – Thursday in George from 06:00 to 18:00
Tuesdays in Oudtshoorn from 08:00 to 11:00 & 16:00 to 20:30
Wednesdays in Knysna from 16:00 to 20:00
Thursday mornings in Knysna
Fridays in Mossel Bay from 06:00 to 18:00
You can contact e² Young Engineers on 084 730 1494 (Lawrence)
Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Young-Engineers-Garden-Route-1175694702506852/
Visit their website at www.youngengineers.co.za
Or visit the international website at www.youngeng.net