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100% of High School Coders Want to Keep Learning After Our Mock USACO Event

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We had an incredible event on Sunday – the first time Breakout Mentors has run a virtual programming competition. The goal was to provide a fun and low pressure introduction to USACO. The verdict? 100% of the participants said the event made them want to participate in USACO and keep learning! Event Recap We had

Introducing Our Newest Mentors for Kids Learning to Code

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Breakout Mentors provides the most personalized approach for kids learning to code. This relies on great people, rather than assuming there is a perfect curriculum that fits every student. Let’s meet a few of them! New Kids Coding Mentors Ayushi Tandel (Stanford) – Ayushi grew up in the Bay Area and is like a cool

Create Your Own Coding Workshop for Thanksgiving or Winter Break

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Breakout Mentors is the most personalized way for kids to learn to code, since you know a short online tutorial won’t cut it. We focus on year-round learning, but also appreciate that during school breaks parents want educational activities to broaden their son or daughter’s perspective. These breaks are a great opportunity to dig into

We Created a USACO Mock Contest for High School Students [FREE EVENT]

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The first official USACO contest is coming up in December. In order to prepare our students training since the summer or earlier, we organized the first ever Breakout Mentors Programming Contest in November. But we aren’t limiting it to just the dozen students working with Breakout Mentors one-on-one: it is open to all and completely

Excel in USACO Programming Contests to Prove Your Coding Knowledge

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Breakout Mentors prides itself on personalizing coding education for each student’s interests and abilities. This can be 8 year-olds doing Scratch drag-and-drop programming, but also high school students who have been coding for years. This year we are providing one-on-one training to a dozen high school students in USACO programming competitions. This is perfect if

Parent’s Perspective: 5+ Years Learning to Code with Breakout Mentors [video]

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There’s no stopping a train coming down the tracks. Why? It built up momentum out of sight. Breakout Mentors believes momentum is important in education as well, particularly for coding education. There isn’t one stroke of genius or an invention that comes to mind fully formed. Behind the scenes of the overnight success story is

Kids Coding Student Explains his Python AI for Gin Rummy

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We love helping kids progress from the coding basics towards more advanced projects and concepts. Today we are featuring one of those students, Mason a 7th grader from San Francisco. Let’s hear from him about his project (view with subtitles here): Advance When Ready First students need to learn how to code effectively. There are

Unusual School Year? Great Time for Coding

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Was there a summer this year? Hard to believe kids are back in school already. Across the country most after-school activities are still canceled. Even though kids are doing online learning for their regular school, our customers have found that coding one-on-one with a mentor is different. It doesn’t lead to “Zoom fatigue” and is

Unique 1-on-1 Learning For Advanced High School Students

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You know Breakout Mentors as the personalized way for kids to learn to code. In addition to our traditional year-round coding, we have Summer Deep Dives for quickly advancing, and unique one of a kind learning experiences for high school student who are experienced coders. Here are a few we have scheduled: Cybersecurity (AKA Intro

Summer Camp Canceled? Create Your Own Virtual Coding Camp!

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As long suspected, summer camps are now officially calling things off. Thousands of kids go to sports and academic camps at Stanford University alone – now parents are quickly pivoting to other activities. Breakout Mentors will create for your son or daughter their own 1-on-1 coding camp over video conference. Connect with an exciting mentor