Thursday, November 9, 2017

Innovators Tribe ~ Review

My son (15) really needs a hands-on approach to learning, which can be challenging during the high school years. Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe is the perfect fit for my son's learning style. We have been reviewing this exciting online course for a few weeks. We received a two year subscription that includes 3D CAD (computer aided design) software that can be used even after we complete the course. Furthermore, Innovators Tribe allows the entire family to use the course so it can be a great learning experience for everyone.

Thinking Like an Engineer

This course teaches through stimulating videos and hands-on activities. This course encourages innovative thinking, problem solving and using your head and hands to create. I love that all of the materials needed for the challenge were common household materials, such as masking tape, printer paper and card stock. When they say common household materials, they mean it. 

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I love that the program is self-paced and encourages independence. It is geared toward 6th through 12th graders. It takes about 30 hours and can count for a quarter year (or 10 weeks) of engineering, science, applied math or a career and technology course. The videos are very informative and engaging. They aren't at all set up in the lecture style. The teacher, Mr. K., is very exciting and approachable. It is obvious that he loves what he does and is delighted to pass on his enjoyment of his field to others. On the challenges, the student is given specific guidelines and is invited to make multiple attempts. Dean found these challenges interesting and not too challenging. I do think some of the math is a bit over his head right now, but then he is a struggling math student.
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The first part of the course has lots of hands-on challenges. The second part of the course has 3D CAD (computer aided design) software that can be easily downloaded. We haven't used it yet, but it looks very easy to use. We are excited to start creating with it soon. 

These are the topics included in this course ~ 
  • What Is an Engineer?
  • Types of Engineers
  • Types of Problems Solved or Studied by Engineers
  • Real World Examples of Engineering and Problem Solving
    Intro to 3D Design
  • Engineering Roller Coasters
  • Engineering Bridges
  • Nano Engineering
  • Thinking Like an Engineer
Although neither of my students are interested in becoming engineers, I think this program is a wonderful supplement and will help my artistic-minded son to think more about graphic arts and how computers can support his creativity and talents. This program gets a huge thumbs up from our family. We will enjoy it much more over the next few months as our crazy Nutcracker season winds down. Innovators Tribe also provides the course, Thinking Like an Architect, which sounds pretty amazing, too. 

To see what others had to say, click on the banner below. Some of the crew had the opportunity to review the architect program. 

Thinking Like an Architect or Engineer {Innovators Tribe Reviews}
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Blessings, Dawn


  1. Hey, lady! Belinda from A Blesses Heritage here. You mentioned that neither of your children want to be engineers--aee you using this curriculum to teach critical thinking, then, or...?

    1. We were asked to review it by The Old School House. I am using it as part of Dean's applied math curriculum and part of is Career and Technology class. Nice to here from you.
      Blessings, Dawn