After 14 years of teaching hands-on science to elementary students, Kids Invent (Hawaii) is suspending classes from Spring 2017.
We appreciated the enthusiasm from parents about our program throughout the years. We taught many students each semester and hope we enlightened their view of science.
Thank you to all the students who were in our program. We loved teaching you. Thank you to their parents and to the schools who supported our program.
We hope more science teachers will adopt our hands-on approach to teaching.
Although we have concluded offering programs for kids, we will provide lecturers, workshops, and seminars to groups or organizations of teachers to impart our knowledge about hands-on teaching of science.
Hands-on Science Activities
Welcome. We teach hands-on science to kids. We show kids how to become creative and inventive through our Kids Invent program. In our hands-on science classes, kids invent toys.
We are a high-enrichment after-school program offered to public and private schools in Hawaii. In our classes, students use concepts of science and technology to invent toys and games. Kids learn all of this while having fun!
Each class introduces one or more concepts of science. The students learn key words and then create toys related to the concepts. These hands-on science activities help them visualize how the concepts work in the real world and how to apply them.
We strive to use common materials so kids can continue experimenting on their own at home. We want them to be inventors and to enjoy science. To be an inventor, science is key. As a scientist, you experiment to learn and discover new things. Experimenting is also essential for inventors to make their inventions work better.
After each class, we provide the students with class summaries so parents can help reinforce concepts at home. Children become excited when parents show interest in what they do.
In our activities, kids invent toys, because they are familiar with toys and toys grab their interest and easily spur their imagination.
To view a sample of activities we offer, check our after school program. We work with many concepts of science, such as force, motion, energy, pressure, flexibility, and so on. We are continually creating new hands-on science inventing activities. At most schools, we provide about 35 activities through the school year, with classes once a week. Each year we provide completely new activities.
Our activities for grades 3 to 6 focus more on projects and robots. We teach kids at this age to read diagrams, follow directions, use proper tools, adjust for fine tuning, and understand robotic functions.
Our Kids Invent after school program gets children to do what they love to do most – be creative! They rev up their imaginations and engage their hands and minds to invent. They have a blast and will be learning essential skills such as:
- creative generation
- problem solving, and
- practical application of ideas
Kids Invent coincides with Hawaii education content and performance standards (General Learner Outcomes). While students invent toys through our classs activities, they also learn to become
- Self-Directed Learners: To be responsible for one's own learning
- Community Contributors: To work together
- Complex Thinkers: To get involved in complex thinking and problem solving
- Quality Producers: To work toward quality performance and quality products
- Effective Communicators: To communicate effectively
- Effective and Ethical Users of Technology: To use varieties of technology effectively and ethically
Kids Invent activities also meet many of Hawaii's Grade Level Performance Indicator Progression criteria (Hawaii education standards) for science. View how our after school program relates to the criteria by checking out education standards. We also have hands-on science curriculum aimed at enhancing the teaching of specific areas of the education standards for grades K through 6.
Our after school program of science classes are offered through the school year at a number of public and private schools. You can see a list of the schools on the Flyers tab (dropdown box).
If you would like information on how to start a program at your school, or if you are a school wanting to offer one-time classes, see organizing Kids Invent science classes at your school.