Eric and Wei Pettit are taking the idea of STEM learning to the next level by opening a business specifically for the practice.
On Feb. 1, the couple started a Noblesville franchise of Snapology, a mobile enrichment program that uses LEGO bricks and other toys to foster learning through playing.
The Pettits recently became interested in Snapology, which launched 10 years ago in Pennsylvania, because of their children.
“We have a 3- and a 4-year-old, and this is exactly the class that I would want for them as a parent,” he said. “The children learn through fun hands-on activities that promote problem-solving, critical thinking and STEM concepts, all in a very social and positive environment. When I was a kid, we had LEGO bricks and our imagination, but now we have LEGO builds that move and a drone that flies. We have different types of input sensors and tablet computers to program the robot to do incredible things.”
With many schools, libraries and community centers embracing STEM learning, Pettit said Hamilton County was a natural choice to expand Snapology.
“Hamilton County has such a rich and diverse culture, we feel like it is the perfect place for Snapology to thrive,” Eric Pettit said. “Most all of the schools already have STEM labs or are teaching STEM/STEAM concepts, so it only makes sense for us to build upon what the schools are already teaching and reinforce it in a fun and meaningful way.”
Eric Pettit said Snapology focuses on three pillars: engagement, socialization and STEM.
“It has to be fun for the children so they will be engaged and want to learn more,” he said. “There needs to be a social component so the children learn how to work as a team and help each other to achieve a common goal, and there needs to be a strong STEM/STEAM component to hold it all together.
“When we have all of these components working together, we are able to go into a class, summer camp or even a birthday party and teach children about gear differentials and basic computer coding.”
The only other Snapology in the state is on the west side of Indianapolis. It opened three years ago.
Learn more at noblesville.snapology.com.