Since December 2016, PJMan & The StarGazers has been partnering with Oakland’s video game museum, the The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment) https://themade.org/ to teach children ages 7-18 years old Introductory Project Management and Leadership skills using games, drawings created with Scratch as their project/product. Scratch is a programming tool developed by MIT to teach kids to code/program video games.

After completing the Introduction class, graduates will begin to work on real projects in our community using the skills they’ve learned.  So far, we’ve experimented with pilot projects including a simulated Lemonade Stand, creating a voice app and are now starting to work on our first real projects:

A Go Fund Me Project to raise money for eBooks, eTextbooks, uniforms and desk for kids in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa for Asante Africa Foundation.

Remember Them…. This project is inspired by Oakland Native Mario Chiodo’s Monument located in Oakland, CA on 19th Street between Martin Luther King Jr and Telegraph Avenue.  The monument includes 25 humanitarians from around the world and was inspired in response to 9-11 to help show in spite of our differences we are all alike. In addition to the 25 humanitarians, the kids will create websites with video games, information, videos, apps, etc for the elected officials who represent the MADE’s district, and others.  To prepare for this project the kids will work on their writing and presentation skills.  To follow this project, click here

In addition,  we are bringing speakers from every walk of life to expose the kids to people who use project management skills in their projects.  To learn more about our Speaker Series, click here.

Why Project Management: Children use makeshift skills to manage projects all the time. However, think how much easier it would be for both them and you (parents) if they learned skills to help organize their next book report or science project. Instead of procrastinating and trying to figure out where and how to start, you can both put more time and effort into enjoying the project. Our approach is fun and action packed to equip your child with skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Plus, many industries look for people with project management skills. Why not give them a little advantage by exposing early in a fun relevant way.

 

This class will be taught 3 times per year.  Check our calendar for the dates

Students that complete all three classes all three days (or make up missing class) will move on to working on actuals projects. To learn more about past classes and project, visit: http://pjmanthestargazers.com/portfolio/

For more information: http://pjmanthestargazers.com/

When: 8am – 2pm Saturdays

Where: The MADE (The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment)

3400 Broadway, Oakland, CA.

510-575-4322

 

To register, search for PJMan & The StarGazers on EventBrite

Cost: All classes are FREE. To play the games in the museum for free you must take a free class (savings of $10). These classes meet the requirement to play in the museum for free.

Computers are provided by and at the MADE for all classes. Students can practice what they’ve learned at home also. Qualifying low income students who do not have access to computers at home can receive a free recycled computer on behalf of Oakland Technology Exchange West http://www.otxwest.org/.

Important Requirements: Class is limited to the first 20 students to register.

Schedule:

Project Management & Leadership Skills:

8-10am PJMan & The StarGazers (Sonja) will teach students basic principles of project management to plan their projects. They will develop a project plan which will include a budget, schedule, risk plan, alpha & beta testing etc.…. All 3 project management classes are required to graduate from this class.

Scratch Video Game Programming:

10-11:30am One of the talented staff at The MADE will teach students how to program a video game. At least 3 games will be created over the course of the program. All 3 programming classes are required to complete this class.

11:30-12pm Free Play in the museum – The MADE is the only all-playable video game museum in the world. They were the first dedicated open to the public video game museum in the United States. Their collection houses over 5,300 playable games. The MADE is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of video game history, and to educating the public on how video games are created. Their goal is to inspire the next generation of game developers.

Scratch Drawing:

12-2pm Sonja C. Stewart, PMP from PJMan & The StarGazers Kids will teach students how to draw the artifacts for their own games and at times incorporate famous artists and/or artistic styles into the exercises. At least 3 drawings will be created over the course of the class.  Kids will also work on creating Google Sites websites to display their work.  All 3 drawing classes are required to complete this class.

Note: Sign up for the first class to be added to all three required classes: Introduction to Project Management, Scratch Video Game Programming & Drawing for all 3 dates. If your child misses any class, s/he can make it up. Sign up at least for the first class. After the first class , call Sonja to participate: (510) 575-4322.