Meet our Founder and CEO, Dori Roberts
Engineering for Kids comes from the mind of educator Dori Roberts. With an extensive educational background in math and technology education, Roberts taught engineering at the high school level for 11 years. During her teaching career, she saw a dire need for math, science and engineering programs. To fill this void, she started an afterschool club that participated in various engineering and science-based competitions.
After membership hit 180 students and the group won multiple state championships, she decided to tailor the program and apply it to a wider age demographic. With the extremely positive response she received from parents and administrators, Roberts saw a great business opportunity, leaving the teaching profession and devoting 100 percent of her time to developing the Engineering for Kids program.
Today, Engineering for Kids offers a suite of programs for children ages 4 to 14 introducing them to science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of workshops all aimed at developing problem solving skills. Programs include after school programs, evening classes, in-school field trips, workshops, birthday parties, home-school programs, scouts workshops, and pre-school programs.
Engineering for Kids began when she noticed that there was a lack of engineering programs in the area to enroll her then 6 and 8 year old children.
In order to impact as many youth as possible, Engineering for Kids began franchising as a way to spread the program across the country. Engineering for Kids presents a low-barrier opportunity with room to grow, as the brand plans to add between 50-60 new locations in 2014. Our franchisees share Roberts’ passion for the program, understanding the need for STEM education.
Roberts likes to say that all kids are natural engineers. Engineering for Kids has the potential to unlock your child’s inherent interest in how things work while developing problem solving and math skills that last a lifetime. Find an Engineering for Kids location near you!