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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

Experts this Summer in USACO, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, and more

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It is hard for advanced middle and high school coding students to know what to do next. Most of the kids camps are targeted for beginners. Self-directing to find the right online resource or project is very difficult. Too often these students just wait until college, rather than forging ahead with their learning. The goal

Summer Coding Deep Dive with Breakout Mentors & Cardinal Education

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This summer, we are launching an exciting collaboration between Breakout Mentors and Cardinal Education. It is the same personalized coding with Breakout Mentors combined with the rigor and guidance of Cardinal Education. Just like Breakout Mentors, Cardinal Education is a Bay Area company started by Stanford alumni with a track record of over a decade

Remembering Courtney’s Dedication

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With a heavy heart I want to share the news of our former mentor Courtney Brousseau’s death. He graduated from UC Berkeley one year ago and was tragically shot a week ago in San Francisco – an innocent bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time. Courtney was part of Breakout Mentors for three

Avoiding Big Crowds this Summer? Create Your Own Small Summer Coding Camp

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As California enters its 4th week sheltering in place due to the coronavirus, there are glimmers of hope on the horizon. The Bay Area has fared surprising well compared to other regions. Once the lockdown is lifted, how quickly will life go back to normal? As parents, how will you navigate the decisions about what

Online Code Mentoring Now, But Plan Ahead for Summer In-Person

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I hope everyone is settling in to their new routine. It can’t be easy for parents to be thrust into homeschooling without notice. Even harder when you’re trying to work from home at the same time! We’ll get through this, but are you surviving or thriving? Last week we discussed how to turn a negative

Stuck at Home for COVID-19 Social Distancing? Do More Coding!

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The term “social distancing” is certainly new to me, but we’d better all start getting used to it. The coronavirus has reached the United States and the short-term future is uncertain. What is known is that schools are starting to close and most after-school activities have been canceled. Unfortunately we’ll all be spending a lot

Welcome to Our New Kid Coders – From 8 Year-Olds in Scratch to High Schoolers in AP CS

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What a busy beginning to 2020, it is shaping up to be an incredible decade! The Breakout Mentors team started working with many new students, each with their own personalized learning experience. We don’t simply do the same thing with every kid. We take the time to understand their previous knowledge and goals, then craft