UPDATED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:55pm
Bryan, Texas (KWKT) — For kids, summer can be a time for fun, but it can also be a time for learning. The Science, Engineering, Art, and Design Academy works to bring the two together.
“Learning in an immersive way so kids can learn very in depth concepts in fun ways using robots like prototyping video game development. You name it,” said project coordinator, Ruthie Strout.
Every entrepreneur needs a starting point, and the SEAD Academy here in Bryan’s new program, aims to give its participants just that.
“Well, the idea is that every kid comes up with a problem or a solution. We actually guide them through the process of problem solving and prototyping, so we try to teach them how to think about their problems,” said Mark Lainez, co-founder of NEST Kids.
Last year’s Nest Kids participants came up with many interesting ideas from a device to help you find your keys, to one that monitored how you brushed your teeth, but one group came up with an idea that would help them in school.
Mark Lainez says, ”They were complaining that they would fall asleep in class, so they wanted to have some kind of wrist band that would detect when you fall asleep and give them an electric shock, or something like that. We came down to the conclusion that electric shock was not the best way, and that vibration would be enough”
No matter what the project NEST Kids can be an intense one week learning experience, but it still all boils down to one idea.
“Some time you just don’t know how to start, and that’s the idea of NEST Kids, showing them how to start. Then after that, its up to them.”