Lessons include a mix of instruction, effort, discussion and presentation. Your child will get so much more out of his or her time at these workshops than mere computing confidence. We develop children's independent research skills, a lifelong passion in learning, presentation skills, social skills, and a deep confidence in personal problem solving.
Many children today spend countless hours playing games that other people created. But we want to give children the inspiration, skills and opportunity to be producers and not just consumers of computer software. Through hands-on interactive workshops, children will learn about gears, motors, software, hardware, interfaces, the internet, wireless communciations and electronics.
Healthy computing involves an awareness of visual health. Children who spend too much time doing closeup work, particularly on a small screen can develop eye-strain and other visual issues such as poor dynamic vision and poor binocular convergence. We discuss this with the children and encourage participants to develop healthy computing habits.
We also encourage children to develop a healthy balance between mind, body and spirit. Children are taught about addictive computing behaviors, and how to avoid them. We talk about the importance of physical posture; mindfulness, attention and focus; task versus people mode; and taking healthy breaks to avoid physical and emotional stresses and strains. We introduce construction, robotics and discussion and presentation activities to break up the lesson time.
Lastly, we want kids making software that will change the world for the better, and support a sustainable and ecologically diverse future. We take the focus off mindless blow-em-up games and encourage kids to get clever about building things to solve real world problems, and to make the world a better place. You can read more about our educational philosophy on our tutoring page.
You and your children will be over the moon with these workshops.