- Product Type: Kickstarter Campaign for Educational Resource
- Funding Date: May 2nd, 4:50 PM MDT
- Funding Goal: $50 000 CDN
It’s not everyday I get to review a Kickstarter project, and so when I found this latest project by Ernst Bergen, P.Eng, I became extremely excited. Not only is he a Canadian engineer from Winnipeg Manitoba, but he’s also a pretty bright guy with a pretty bright idea.
I want to let you in on a little secret that I’ve been keeping from you. You see, you keep reading my blog posts and reviews but what you don’t realize is I’m an engineer too! That’s right, Kids Fun Channel, P.Eng. I tricked you all into thinking that an engineer could read and write with the best of them. Didn’t I?
Anyways, why don’t we continue by describing the idea that Ernst has developed into a Kickstarter Campaign? I personally think it’s a wonderful idea and I think it addresses something that’s pretty important these days. Ernst is proposing to create a kindergarten to grade four curriculum for children to learn components of engineering. No, that doesn’t mean your child will be sitting at home doing complex integrals while you watch the NHL Playoffs. Instead, it means that you and your little one will be sitting together building something that applies a few of the simpler laws of physics and engineering.
From my perspective, children are not given the tools and abilities to succeed at building something on their own. They learn to complete all kinds of math, learn to read and write, can become great athletes, but if you ask them to build something, it can be a difficult task for them. Not only is creativity a potential problem, but the basic skills of putting together a few simple items can elude them.
Why is the capability to build so important? I think entrepreneurship requires some level of being able to build something, be it a product, software, video, or a website, each and every entrepreneur has to build something. If you need a few examples, why don’t you check out Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page?
What’s great about Ernst’s campaign is that he’s already provided a few examples of his future curriculum. He’s built a very simple electric motor with a few easily accessible components (and nothing dangerous, I might add) and then added the option to decorate it! Care to see?
Imagine building this with your child and having them gain an understanding of things like magnetic fields and electricity. Actually…imagine you gaining that understanding! What’s more, this will help the two of you build an even stronger relationship as you customize your invention and/or build on it to make something even better.
Lego and a working motor!
Finally, what’s great about a Kickstarter campaign are the different rewards you get for helping someone get their idea off the ground. In the case of Ernst Bergen’s curriculum, you can get 2, 5, or 15 lessons, an entire grade level of lessons, or the entire K-4 curriculum! Of course, this depends on the level of your contribution before May 2nd, 2017!
For now, head on over to this great Kickstarter campaign and help Ernst teach your child a brand new skill!
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!