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Observations after finishing first set of clubs (Winter 2015)

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The first clubs I started (Jan-Mar 2015) are over, and I wanted to jot down some notes regarding my experience. In general, both clubs (LEGO Robotics and 3D Game Programming) sufficiently entertained and engaged the kids, and I believe most kids were able to demonstrate basic skills that we developed in the clubs. Regarding both clubs as well, it was clear that 1 hour per week, once a week, is just not enough time to do much of anything useful. That is a big problem especially for the Robotics club, since only one kid in the class had a kit at home, so no one could really practice or go beyond the club material outside the club time. In the programming club, one or two kids went ahead to read the book and download code, but I didn’t get a sense they had really a greater understanding. Continue reading

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Report from the Field: Week 4 (or so) with LEGO and JS Game Programming

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I am now about 1 month into leading my after-school clubs on two subjects, first, Intro to LEGO Robotics, and second, 3D Game Programming in JavaScript. As they say, the best battle plans rarely survive first contact with the enemy (but that sounds so dramatic!). Anyway, here are my observations so far. BTW, the clubs run another month or so, at which point I am planning to offer a “Level 2”. Continue reading