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Coding in 2020 with the Newest Members of Breakout Mentors

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The start of a new decade! How does it feel? For some it is frightening: time slipping away. For others it is motivating: time to press forward with your goals. Like supporting your son or daughter’s interest in coding… It sure sounds futuristic though. Makes you realize our kids aren’t growing up in the same

Enjoy Hour of Code? Dive in with Weekly Coding in 2020

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Every year there is a wildly successful introduction to coding in schools across the world – Hour of Code! It just finished, did you son or daughter enjoy it? Think of it as a tiny spark. If you nurture that interest, it may grow bigger. If you ignore it, it may go out. Weekly Coding

The Wide Range of Kid Coders Starting with a New Mentor

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The school year is chugging along and Breakout Mentors has already paired dozens of kids with new coding mentors. For some students this is their very first time programming and others we have worked with for years. Our goal is to personalize the coding education for each student. Instead of set classes or tracks that

Solve Your Kids Coding Needs Once and For All

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Parenting today involves navigating a dizzying array of options. There are more kids products than ever before, more activity options than time in the day. The worst part: as soon as one decision is made, you’ll soon have to make it again. Let’s see how this works for coding – an important area without a

Come See Our Kids Coding Projects Sunday in Los Altos

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Hard to believe another school year is coming to a close! The Breakout Mentors students have made a ton of progress learning how to code and creating exciting projects. Every year we do a showcase event, similar to a science fair, that is a lot of fun. You are invited to our event this Sunday

The Top 3 Skills to Teach Your Kids in 2019

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The goal of education is to prepare children for life. However education doesn’t just happen in the classroom, parents can start at an early age! Teaching your children important life skills while they are young can have drastic impacts on their preparedness for the upcoming stages in their lives. We can’t teach them everything, but

Remembering Mischa

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It’s with a heavy heart that I share with the Breakout Mentors community the passing of Mischa Nee. Mischa was a junior at Stanford and involved in a hiking accident while studying abroad. Mischa was part of Breakout Mentors the last two years, including mentoring one boy the entire time, except for breaks to study

The Top Coding Summer Camp for Kids – Personalized for Small Groups

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After months of rain in the Bay Area, it feels like spring just started. But summer is right around the corner! As a parent, you want to make good use of your son or daughter’s extra time. So you sign up for camps and enrichment activities that may get pushed aside during the school year.

Coding a Christmas Game – Featured Kid Programming Project

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You never know where inspiration will strike. Peter is a 13 year-old boy in 8th grade at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. He started with a coding mentor back in September and right away started making exciting games. In December he was in the holiday spirit and created a game using Christmas

Being A Girl in STEM – My Experience With Few Peers and Finding Role Models

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I distinctly remember the first time I realized that I was in the significant minority in a STEM class. I was in my high school AP Physics class with 3 girls (myself included) and 12 boys. One of my female classmates pointed it out to me – “Where are all the other girls?” Even though