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April 2022

Bonding: Parents, Children, and the EV Kit

Bonding: Parents, Children, and the EV Kit 432 243 Peter van Gorder

Lately, in our blog, we’ve gone over many of the perks of taking our Switch Labs course, primarily for the kids that attend, and how it will benefit them in the future. One area we haven’t touched on is how it helps adults, too– specifically, those connected to the kids going through the experience.

How the Switch Labs program improves the bond between teacher and student is evident to anyone who attends our training sessions. Although we mainly market our curriculum to teachers in schools, where we can teach to classrooms full of kids and develop the teacher/student bonds, we also offer the experience to parents who want a challenging project with their kid, one that they’ll remember long after the child has become an adult.

When kids hit their teens, there’s a disconnect with authority they place in their parents as they prepare to leave the branch out on their own. Seeing the world on equal ground forever changes the dynamic between child and parent. If you are reaching the point where your kid will soon be a full-grown adult, out of the home and on their own, you may have a dimly-remembered list of the things you always meant to do but didn’t do together– plans you made and never had time to accomplish, like writing a book, building a treehouse, a Wendy House, or designing a go-kart. 

Those kinds of bonding experiences can slip through our fingers so quickly, and we don’t even recognize them until the time has long passed. Looking back generation-to-generation at the moments we missed, the lesson is to seize these moments when we can. The time we have gets eaten up so quickly in the daily grind of work, the procession of routine, and even in the glee of a family vacation. Working together on a unique project is different from time off together. It’s not just existing or being happy; it’s growing together.

If you have a son or daughter interested in technology and cars, our Switch Labs curriculum is an amazing journey you can take with them. Learning how an electric vehicle works and wiring on together with you to a schematic will teach them more than just how to assemble a car; it will teach them how to learn cooperatively, how mistakes can teach us solutions, how to manage our pride, and to change roles (from parent and child to supervisor and worker). 

We’d love to allow you and your growing child to bond on a new-tech project together. Our reusable EV Kit is ideal for students interested in renewable energy, advanced technology, or automobile design. The Switch Lab teaches students how to work with their hands, solve problems, learn about systems, and gain experience in cutting-edge automotive technology. Contact us today to learn more about how Switch Vehicles can benefit your school.