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Teens in Tech Incubator Comes to a Successful Close

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The first Teens in Tech Incubator was an incredible success, but I am sad to see it come to an end. The program took 6 teams of teenagers, ranging from 14 to 19 years old, and challenged them to launch a tech startup in only 8 weeks. What they were able to accomplish in such

Summer is Coming to an End Before You Know It

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I regret to inform you that summer will come to an end. It’s inevitable. Now let’s focus on things that are in our control. Education is not usually one of the top priorities during the summer. Summer is a time for vacations, playing outdoors, and taking a break from school. But in just two weeks

Teens In Tech Incubator Chooses Breakout Mentors for Technical Mentoring

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Teens in Tech is running a summer incubator program to help 5 teams of high school students launch a web or mobile product. The program is similar to the other tech incubators generating a lot of press recently, Y Combinator and TechStars, but is open to just teenagers. One challenge the Teen’s in Tech incubator

Keeping Pace with the Job Demand for Programmers and IT Professionals

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There are two major complaints about the status of employment in the United States – unemployment is too high and too many jobs are being outsourced overseas. These are major concerns that hit close to home for many of us – almost everyone knows someone that has recently been unemployed for a long stretch against

Learning Programming with Scratch

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Scratch is a programming environment designed to allow kids as young as 8 years old to create impressive computer games, stories, and animations. It is so fun kids don’t even realize they are learning important programming concepts at the same time. Add that with the fact that it is the programming language used most by

Programming Encourages Creativity, But Do Schools?

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Do schools encourage creativity? They may try, but are they are not very effective. Here is a better question – can schools come up with a way to measure creative progress? Is there such a thing as “imagining and creating at a 6th grade level” as there is for “reading and writing at a 6th

Providing a Fun Way for Kids to Learn Programming

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Ensuring each lesson is fun isn’t an afterthought or a nice bonus – it is a vital component for success. If your student isn’t having fun, they are not going to be motivated to learn. For a short period of time she may be able to stick it out (especially if her parents make her),

Is Your Kid Ready to Program?

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Parents do not want to rush their kids into something that might be too hard for their age and turn them off for years to come. So how do you know when your kids are ready? First, I want to ease your mind that no age is too young IF the material matches their ability.

Welcome to the Breakout Mentors Blog

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Thank you for visiting the blog for Breakout Mentors. Here you will find exciting insight to the theory of education, specific approaches to teaching programming, and fun projects to work on. Please leave comments with your experience and be sure to subscribe via our RSS feed or email updates. Photo: Robert Couse-Baker