Else has two children in school, and his son attended the club. Erdogan, who also has a daughter in a different school, tried to interest her in science before beginning to help Else with the STEM club.
"I tried to not just study with her, but enjoy the way the world works with her, to play games like this," Erdogan said. "I was partially successful, partially unsuccessful. And I was struggling with these thoughts of how to engage a child to get them interested in practical science."
Popular activities last term at the STEM club were bridge building and water rockets. The bridges were built out of lollipop sticks, and stress tested until they broke.
The children also made pressurized water rockets out of two-litre coke bottles. The students built fins for them after learning about the dynamics of why fins help rockets fly straight.
Moye, who has a Master in Astrophysics, was also able to draw on her background when teaching the children. The water rocket exercise, for example, included some lead in exercises to acquaint students with the physics behind the experiment.
"We did a whole series of little lessons about some of the key physics principles behind how rockets work before we actually got them into building the rockets and the launchers," Moye said.
During one such lesson, Moye showed the students an illustration of a rocket being launched into space.
"One of the children put his hand up and said, 'Your picture is wrong because we don't launch rockets from the poles; we launch them from the equator!'" Moye said. "I was super impressed that a ten-year-old would understand the science on that level. It's absolutely incredible sometimes, the level of knowledge already in children at this age."
For the first time last term, students experimented with metre-high model trebuchets built from scrap wood.
The Agency team designed and built trebuchet kits over a weekend, and two groups of students assembled them during their Thursday club. The trebuchets were able to shoot tennis balls across their sports field.
The students were even excited by the assembly process.
"I don't think many people use tools to build things with their kids at home," Erdogan said. "One of the kids, when we gave him an electric screwdriver, said 'I feel like a god! I can put everything together!'"
The club doesn't charge a fee, and Else, Erdogan and Moye, who create the lessons, try to plan activities that use common materials the kids can find at home. With things like wooden sticks or coke bottles, the students can recreate the experiments whenever they want.
"As practising engineers and scientists, we give the children the opportunity to enjoy science and engineering as we do ourselves," Moye said.