We are excited to announce our new project cycle for Winter 2018 called Tech4Caring! Powered by MIT’s Scratch platform (a block-based coding language designed specific for kids and those learning to program), our students will work together in a development team environment building educational technologies using principles of game design and learning theory. Their mission: to create a novel application that teaches someone about an important cause or social issue. Bonus points for partnering with a local nonprofit/community organization!
With support from our seasoned “Guides” and Center Director, Austin Sroka, students will be led through a semester-long development process. First, in the design-thinking phase, students will tap into their creative side and be taught to use empathy to select an important cause and understand the needs of its stakeholders. Next, students will ideate around novel approaches to getting the word out, and what the message should be. Then, students will work through a full development cycle, where elements of Agile software development such as daily scrums, Kanban boards and retrospectives will be used to build a rapid prototype. Finally student groups will prepare a “pitch” presentation, describing their product and the process of creating it, which will be shared with parents and peers at the conclusion. Throughout this project cycle, students will continue spending half of each class period (45 minutes) in our Basecamp classroom focused on our individualized coding curriculum, using the Yukōdit Summit System to develop their coding skills in a self-paced format, track progress and provide motivation.
The Tech4Caring project cycle is just kicking off, and will run through April. NEW STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENROLL. Parents often choose to begin with a six-week session where students can experience a portion of the project cycle, and then may opt to continue with a monthly membership. There is a rolling enrollment. All students will also work on individual projects, which include games and animation, with the potential to move into Python coding (depending on age and ability level).
To secure your preferred weekly session day/time, please REGISTER HERE!
You can also start with a FREE TRIAL CLASS at any time.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOUR KIDS JOIN US FOR THIS EXCITING INITIATIVE!
Command your future!
Jamie Pagliaro & Mike Halbert