HELENA — Most parents and teachers would probably agree keeping kids, of all ages, entertained during the pandemic- when so many places and things are closed, has been a big challenge.
But there is a new activity in Helena for kids young and old to not only keep them entertained, but also grow their minds at the same time and it is called Snapology.
Think Legos on steroids. Snapology is an up and coming program only offered in 24 states, and now kids from Helena to Bozeman can participate in this S.T.E.A.M. activity online or in person.
Stephanie Scott, owner of Snapology in Helena says, “For those that don’t know what S.T.E.A.M. stands for its science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics a lot of our lessons have more than one of those components that we teach along with it.
Snapology offers lessons, camps, competitions and even birthday parties. Stephanie says she has over 1100 hours of curriculum she can offer to a wide range of age groups.
She adds, “My most popular groups right now are ages 4-6 and then 7-11 those are the most popular groups right now, but we do have curriculum for ages 2 all the way up to 14.”
Unlike Legos, you cannot purchase Snapology products in a store, and perhaps the biggest difference between the two is with Snapology you can build things that move with a remote.
Stephanie demonstrates one of the builds which is a robot named Milo. She says, “But the fun part is when they get it all built, we turn on Milo and we can connect Milo to the tablet and then we program Milo to do what we want, so then when they’re ready for Milo to move, they just hit play….and there he goes!”
The older the age group, the more advanced the builds become, Stephanie says one of her favorite parts of teaching lessons- is catering to the specific interests of each child, and everything is COVID-friendly.
Stephanie says, “Our kids do wear masks, and we sanitize everything before we get there and when they arrive we have them wipe their hands and when they leave so i feel like we have done a really good job following COVID regulations and trying to keep kids learning in person.”
To find out when the next Snapology class is being held or to sign up for spring Snaplogy classes, visit: https://www.snapology.com/location/helena