Give your kids a well-rounded education all year long with STEAM programs from this local learning center.
In today’s technology-driven world, the importance of STEAM programs has never been more pertinent. Snapology is here to help your children with a well-rounded education year-round.
“Snapology is the premier partner for STEAM programs, offering year-round programs in schools, community facilities, homes, and in our community,” explains Co-Founder Lisa Coe. “At Snapology, we understand that children are meant to learn through play. When children are actively engaged in hands-on, interactive learning activities, their creativity flourishes and they show a greater interest in school.”
As parents, and formerly school-aged children, we know that it can be hard to keep your children educationally engaged throughout the summer months. That’s why Snapology wants to help create a thirst for knowledge in children.
Snapology is made for children ages 2-14 and uses LEGO bricks, K’Nex, and technology. “While the kids are having fun, we sneak in the educational concepts,” explains Snapology’s second Co-Founder Laura Coe. “In most cases, kids don’t realize how much they are learning.”
Because children are more interested in learning when it’s fun, Snapology wants to provide STEAM enrichment programs that are just as fun as they are educational.
The Coe sisters say they were inspired to launch Snapology after observing the love that their children had for creative play using building blocks and other materials that snap together. “The idea of offering enrichment classes and camps to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art and literacy concepts excited us, given both our backgrounds in mathematics and science,” says Laura.
There are thousands of hours of curriculum available through Snapology that allows for a wide variety of STEAM and Theme programs. “We offer classes, workshops, camps, birthday parties, field trips, and special events like helping Girl or Boy Scouts earn STEAM and/or Engineering badges,” says Lisa. “Our programs are designed to enhance childrens’ learning of STEAM concepts in a way that makes learning fun. Additionally, creativity, teamwork, and presentation skills through sharing, are incorporated in all of our classes, workshops, and camps.”
The classes from Snapology range from 1-1.5 hours and are often offered in a series via an after-school program for 6-12 weeks. Through these programs students are taught about different science learning concepts each week and last for 3 hours and include additional activities.
Since the onset of COVID-19, Snapology has been in a position to offer virtual classes. “This has been very successful and allowed us to bring our programs to some kids that may not have been able to participate in our in-person programs,” says Laura.
Snapology has also provided free daily and/or weekly building challenges for littles since March, which are posted to the Facebook page and allows children to post pictures of their builds.
“We also began offering virtual LEGO build classes, birthday parties, and playdates for a fun, interactive learning experience for kiddos that have their own LEGO bricks,“ says Lisa. “And we are currently also offering virtual 3-hour LEGO build camps.”
Come July, however, Snapology will resume in-person programming and kick off in-person summer camps at The EDGE Teen Center in Liberty Township.
“Our in-person programs have been restructured to ensure the safety of our students and teachers,” says Laura. “Students will be socially distanced and have their own work space and supplies. Teachers will wear masks and students are encouraged to wear masks. Frequent cleaning of contact surfaces, frequent hand sanitation and washing, and fresh air ventilation of the camp space, a 45-60 minute drop off/pick up window, and contactless check-in are among the safety protocols we’ll be implementing.”
The Coe sisters say that Snapology is always looking to add new programming content. “And down the road we will be looking to bring an Activity Center where kiddos can come and do hands-on STEAM activities that include building with LEGO bricks, virtual reality, play games, and many other fun and enriching activities,” says Lisa.
To learn more or to receive updates, visit westchestertwp.snapology.com and follow along on Facebook. For 2020 Summer Camp info, readers can visit www.bit.ly/snapcamps. Those interested in bringing Snapology to their school, dayare, homeschool, preschool, elementary school, or middle school can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.