About Us

Learn how NextGen SmartyPants' STEAM Classes inspire children and adults alike to develop a love for learning.

Who

We Are

We are passionate about helping kids to bring out their best!  We are experienced teachers, educators, engineers, scientists, and parents. We are committed to using our award-winning STEAM curriculum to inspire their curiosity and foster their enthusiasm to want to learn more.
Our
Mission

NextGen SmartyPants's mission is to provide every child the ability to experience high-quality STEAM education, regardless of socio-economic status. We keep our prices affordable for most families and obtain grants and donations to expand this reach to as many families as possible. We further increase the accessibility of our programs with teachers that travel to area schools, rather than require students to travel to our location. Finally, we offer these programs via both Live In-Person and Live Distance Learning formats.

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Our
Curriculum

NextGen SmartyPants' curriculum, NEXTGEN4, has been developed by experienced educators and STEAM professionals to bring fun, engaging, hands-on project-based learning opportunities to children ages 4-14 and beyond. NEXTGEN4 utilizes Robotics as the basis from which students develop competency in Coding, Engineering, Circuits, LEGO® design, Software Applications, and Technology Studio Arts.

Meet

Paras

Mr. Paras Patani is the Founder of NextGen SmartyPants®, LLC, and the Executive Director of the NextGen SmartyPants Non-Profit Corporation. Paras is a recognized leader in the design and implementation of high-quality NGSS and STEAM education programs. Paras travels extensively to communities across the country for public-speaking engagements, collaborate with corporate partners, and conduct regional and national press interviews to advocate for hands-on project-based learning as a complement to in-school curricula.

Prior to founding NextGen SmartyPants®, Paras was the Founder and CEO of Castle Surgical®, where he and an Urology Oncologist collaborated on the invention and patenting of a surgical device to treat Kidney Cancer. Finally, Paras was one-half of the Paras & Moto duo on LEGO® Masters Season 2.

Paras has a BS Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from Babson College, and Executive Education from Yale University School of Management. Most importantly, Paras is the Father of an amazing 10 year old little girl, Arushi, who is his inspiration for NextGen SmartyPants® and everything else he does.

Paras has a BS Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from Babson College, and Executive Education from Yale University School of Management. Most importantly, Paras is the Father of an amazing 10 year old little girl, Arushi, who is his inspiration for NextGen SmartyPants® and everything else he does.