As a mom of three elementary-age children, Nancy Portscheller, BSAE, MBA, saw a deficit in the amount of technology and engineering programs for younger kids in schools. Now, six years later, Nancy is the owner and managing director of the Bricks 4 Kidz – St. Louis team, which includes St. Louis manager Cathie Robertson and St. Charles area manager Debbie Fetters.
“As an engineer myself, I believe introducing children to engineering and technology at a young age is very important,” Nancy said.
Bricks 4 Kidz is a STEM-based educational experience with locations all across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It offers hands-on learning experiences by blending scientific concepts with certified models and robotics lessons.
Bricks 4 Kidz uses Technic LEGO® Bricks, motors and gears to create moving models based on various STEM subjects and lessons. Examples of possible projects include building catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings, bridges and more.
The company provides programs for a range of ages, including Jr. Robotics available for children starting in first grade and Advanced LEGO® Mindstorms® Robotics for students up to ninth grade. The company offers summer camps, after-school enrichment classes, in-school field trips and birthday parties.
“I would like the society of the United States to grow to see technology and engineering as just as cool as all of the sports programs,” Nancy said. “Other cultures focus on technology, math, engineering. If the United States is to compete with other cultures in the future, maybe we should focus on STEM subjects at a younger age.”