Engineering For Kids on Daily Worth in an article titled, "How We Turned Our Passions Into Profits." The article is a compilation of stories from women who turned their passion into a business. Dori is the third woman featured and talks about how Dori founded Engineering For Kids, details about the business, and how Dori continues to stay passionate about providing STEM education to the next generation of engineers. Click here for the entire article or begin below.
How We Turned Our Passions Into Profits
By: Nancy Mann Jackson
Dori Roberts, 39, Stafford, Va.
Her passion: A mother and a teacher, Dori Roberts is passionate about education — specifically, science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM subjects. Frustrated about the lack of STEM education available for her students and her ownchildren, Roberts started an after-school club to give them more exposure to math, science and engineering.
Turning it into a business: The after-school STEM club was so popular and grew so much that Roberts turned it into a business in 2009. Engineering for Kids provides enrichment programs to children ages 4 to 14 through preschool programs, after-school classes, workshops, in school field trips and birthday parties. Children learn engineering concepts and problem solving through hands-on activities such as LEGO robotics, designing and building rockets and developing their own electronic games.
Finding success: After starting with one location in Stafford, Va., Roberts has built the business into 84 franchised locations across the country.
Maintaining the passion: “The children inspire me,” Roberts says. “I am always looking for new ways to inspire the next generation ofengineers. This is where my passion comes from.”