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THIS Is What I Wish I Knew About Coding When I Was a Kid (From A Current Stanford Student)

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Jeyla is one of our kid coding mentors at Stanford University and shares her perspective about what she wishes she knew earlier about learning to code. As a Computer Science major, it’s no surprise that I love to code, however, this wasn’t always the case… My first CS experience fell completely flat. Without a mentor

Keep the Hour of Code Momentum Going All Year Long

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Did you know last week was Computer Science Education Week? Millions of kids all over the world do because they did something different in school … CODING! Last week was code.org’s Hour of Code. California alone had 6611 locations registered for events, the majority were schools that spent one hour of classroom time coding. The

Get to Know a Few Mentors Helping Kids Learn to Code

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The Breakout Mentors approach to coding requires much more from our instructors than a summer camp or after-school center. Let’s compare it to kids learning to make art. It is easy to help someone color between the lines. It is a highly structured exercise with most of the work done for you (the original drawing)

The Ideal Learning Environment for Kid Coders

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The term coding environment usually refers to what program you type your code into on the computer. It matters, but for kids the learning environment is more important. The learning environment is your surroundings, including the people around you! Supportive Coding can be hard – too often both kids and adults attempt to learn to

Kids Coding Tutors – Now Available In-home, Including SF

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Soccer moms had it easy. Remember in the 90s when that became an everyday term? Well a lot has changed since then. The modern parent juggles a lot more than just soccer. Now there are multiple year-round sports that often overlap, and somehow a birthday party every weekend. All this zigging and zagging over the

Consistency: Kids Coding Mentor of the Month Anna Verwillow

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“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” ― Tony Robbins Consistency is the secret to the personalized approach for kids learning to code. There is no perfect curriculum or teacher that can reach your goals in one day. You want to provide your son

Settled into the School Year? Back to Coding!

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Summer was a blast. Vacations. Summer camps. Coding. The start of the school year is always hectic. New grade level, new teachers, new routine. Long term goals were set to the side, just trying to get by. But hopefully you are settled back in. You have the rhythm down. Now is the time to revisit

Impressive Kids Coding Projects – 2018 Student Showcase

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Breakout Mentors holds an annual showcase for our students to present a project they created with their mentor. The 2018 showcase in Los Altos was a huge success – 6 students presented and exemplified how personalized Breakout Mentors is for each student. The ages of the presenters ranged from 8 to 15. The projects were

Private Summer Kids Coding Camps – Few Weeks Remaining

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“Summer coding had me a blast, Summer coding happened so fast, I had a mentor fun as can be…” What is the personalized summer option for kids learning to code? Not the huge camps with students of varying ages and experience (many who are just there for babysitting). Breakout Mentors private in-home camps. Create a