At the CORE™ Teknasium (gymnasium for the brain), it is all about SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS, but REINVENTED. It’s built on the fact that kids will learn if they have fun, are challenged, and can drive their own hands-on projects.
In a CORE™ Teknasium suddenly ‘school’ is the most interesting, interactive, FUN place to be.
Consider the difference. Reading about weight to strength ratios in a classroom versus competing in a weight-bearing bridge building contest spanning the Teknasium. Or reading and memorizing periodic tables and formulas like H2O2, versus creating elephant toothpaste that may engulf in ooze . . . well, at least the Teknasium.
With more than 300+ brilliantly stimulating projects and the list is growing constantly across nine different STEM disciplines. The kids get to choose their own projects, pick their own partners, and drive their own performance criteria. They are challenged, they discover, they RETAIN knowledge.
And MOST importantly, they learn how rewarding a STEM career could be.
SKILLS FOR TOMORROW — TODAY
In 2014 we met 11 year old Quynh Tram again — and learned she still can’t go school. “The child is not normal. . . . Cannot keep up with her peers. We are sending her home,” the principals have said, over and over again. And we watched her cringe and cower when we took her to a classroom for testing. But we know she can learn . . . she can do math on an iPad, read menus at the restaurant . . . understands and learns English . . . and play video games with proficiency.
Returning to the United States, we realized, that like Tram, many of us learn best by doing . . . hands-on, making something. And the existing 19th century based education systems around the world are struggling to keep students engaged in this technology driven 21st century. And on top of that, kids are only in school 20% of their waking hours. Another solution was needed.
And so the CORE™ was born.
Structured as an after school enrichment in a state-of-the-art space, we are a throw-back to brick and mortar, hands-on doing. And in the course of doing, kids learn communication, teamwork, presentation skills so critical in today’s project-based economy, and so lacking in our current workforce. Just talk to the employers.
The CORE™ Business model also encourages at each of our locations the pursuit of private/public partnerships with local school districts, professional development and workforce retraining certifications, and through our non-profit provides the opportunity for kids everywhere.
The proof-of-concept CORE™ Teknasium in Rockwall, TX demonstrates the success of this blended multi-revenue stream model.
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