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Check Out Our Student Showcase in Berkeley on Saturday

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Every year we do a student showcase – imagine a science fair just for coding projects. Breakout Mentors students have the chance to share a project they created and draw inspiration from others with similar interests. This year we are having a smaller showcase just for our Berkeley students. Several kids ages 10 to 15

Exciting Projects from Our Berkeley Student Showcase

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On April 16th we hosted our first Student Showcase in Berkeley. The event gives Breakout Mentors students a chance to share what they have created with the help of their mentor. Imagine a science fair just for kids who code! This year marks the first time we have split it out into separate events –

Host Your Own Personalized Coding Class This Summer

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Every year thousands of kids enroll in coding summer camps. They can be a fun way to provide a first taste of programming. But there are also over 20 other kids in the room and there is very little customization. Everyone does the same thing and often code is just copied from an example. Breakout

Last Chance for a Mentor this School Year!

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The opportunity to get started with a programming mentor this school year is coming to an end in just two weeks. From March through July we don’t start with new one-on-one kids so that we can ensure enough time with the mentor to be successful. We take the long term view to help kids learn

Hack the Future this Saturday in San Francisco

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One of my favorite Bay Area kids programming events is Hack the Future. It is an all day, fairly unstructured chance for kids to explore coding, hardware, and design. Many different stations are set up by “adult geeks” – kids can stay as long as they want or hop from station to station. There is

Is 2016 the Year Your Student Takes Their Interest in Coding to the Next Level?

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A new year brings reflection and goal setting. The quintessential resolution is to lose weight – gyms across the world are packed at this time of year. But what do reflection and goal setting have to do with parents of kid coders? Many parents have told me that their child has repeatedly said they are

Free Kids Coding Workshops in Berkeley December 8th

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We are excited to participate in CS education week by hosting two beginners workshops on Tuesday December 8th at the Berkeley North Branch library! The first is for kids ages 11 to 14 in the Python programming language. To learn more and sign up, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakout-mentors-kids-coding-workshop-python-tickets-19665551193 The second is for kids ages 9 to

Are You Doing Everything You Can to Support Your Son or Daughter’s Interest in Coding?

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I talk to many parents of young coders through free avenues and events – mainly the Breakout Mentors 15 minute phone consultation and CoderDojo Silicon Valley. Everyone wants to support their kid’s interest in programming and give them the opportunity to have fun while learning to code. But are parents doing everything they can? Or