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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

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)