The world is letting today’s kids down. They are constantly surrounded by technology, but they aren’t empowered to create it. The schools don’t teach it. There are better tools than ever for learning how to program, making it widely accessible at a younger age, and the education system is slow to catch up.
Many kids love computers and love creating, as shown by the hours they spend playing Minecraft. But could that computer time be more constructive and just as fun? We believe it is possible and want to show your student how with a mentor led project-based programming education.
There are some summer camps and after-school classes that do a great job introducing programming to 10 to 15 year-olds as well as high schoolers. But we believe these are too short and don’t provide enough depth to be consequential. If a student enjoys programming, are they supposed to wait until next summer to learn more? What options do they have?
Breakout Mentors was created to solve these problems. We don’t believe it is possible to provide a successful one-size-fits-all computer programming education for kids everywhere. Rather, we want to provide the best in-depth instruction available to the students that will benefit the most. Is that your student? Learn more about our services and teaching philosophy.
About the founder, Brian Skinner
I graduated from Stanford in 2008 studying mechanical engineering and computer science. Like so many of my friends, I had no exposure to programming until taking the introductory course late in my freshman year. And I of course loved it. But why was I not introduced to the field of computer science earlier?
I was pretty smart as a youngster. Not child prodigy smart, but I wasn’t being challenged by my public school math classes moving at a pace all 30 students in the room could handle. I would have loved a challenge, a subject outside of my normal classes that would allow me to move at my own pace and bring my ideas to life. Computer programming would have been perfect for me, but I didn’t know about it, and even if I had, would have struggled to learn it on my own.
Parents and students are more likely to know about computer programming today, but that doesn’t mean it is being taught. Living in the heart of technological innovation, I want the Silicon Valley’s students to have the opportunity that students my generation did not.