Saturday, December 16, 2017
Speaker Series – 5th PJMan & StarGazers Kids Project
Erna Grasz, CEO & Founder of Asante Africa
8am – 1pm
@ The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment)
3400 Broadway Oakland, CA
This class is the first in our Speaker Series and is designed for kids 9 – 15 years old who would like to hear speakers from every walk of life explain how the use project management skills. . Erna Grasz will share her experience growing up in Texas, what she was like as a child, what she wanted to be when she grew up (if she knew), what’s she’s doing now and the path that got her to where she is now. Erna was an engineer at Lawrence Livermore Labs, became an executive in Silicon Valley for a robotics company and is now the CEO and Founder of Asante Africa, an organizations that helps people in Kenya & Tanzania Africa build schools.
Erna will helps the kids understand the environment for kids in Africa especially girls (which we hope will help the kids to develop an appreciation for advantages and opportunities they have) and explain the needs that kids in the PJMan & The StarGazers Kids program can help with which will be raising funds for eBooks. Each eBook costs $3 so a little donation can go far. To learn more about Asante Africa, click here.
All kids are welcomed to the Speaker Series, however lead roles for the crowd fund project are designate for PJMan The StarGazers Kids graduates. If more roles are available we will allow other kids to participate.
Click here for the objectives of the project.
PJMan & The StarGazers is collaborating with Oakland’s video game museum, The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment) https://themade.org/ to teach kids Introductory Project Management, Leadership and Scratch Video Game Programming and Drawing skills. Scratch is a programming tool developed by MIT to teach kids to code/program video games.
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.
To learn more about past classes and project, visit: http://pjmanthestargazers.com/portfolio/
For more information: http://pjmanthestargazers.com/
When: 8am – 1pm Saturday December 16, 2017
Where: The MADE (The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment)
3400 Broadway, Oakland, CA.
Cost: All classes are FREE. To play in games in museum for free you must take a free class (savings of $10). These classes meet the requirement to play 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/.
The class is limited to the first 35 students to register. Preference will be giving to PJMan & The StarGazers Kids graduates and those in the October 21 – November 4th classes. Remaining spaces will be given based on order of registration.
Class Agenda & Schedule:
Project Management for kids: Speaker Series & 4th PJMan & StarGazers Kids Project Asante Africa:
8-10am Speaker: Erna Grasz, CEO & Founder of Asante Africa, learn about the educational landscape in Kenya and Tanzania, Start planning for eBooks crowdfund.
Scratch Video Game Programming (not required because of computer space constraint):
10-11:30am One of the talented staff at The MADE will teach students how to program a video game. If we run out of computer space due the Speakers Series, kids can play games in the museum early.
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 (Required for Asante Africa Crowdfund Project Team Members):
12-1pm A staff member from The MADE or Sonja C. Stewart, PMP from PJMan & The StarGazers 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.
Note: Registering for the Project Management – Speakers’ Series & 4th PJMan & StarGazers Kids Project Asante Africa will automatically register Scratch Video Game Programming & Drawing.
The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment)
was our first partners. When we approached them about partnering to teach kids project management Pro Bono they offered us use of their space as well as to teach our kids Scratch Video Game Programming and drawing for free. The MADE teaches the Scratch Video Game Programming class for kids 9-15 years old every Saturday from 10 -11:30pm for free.
The MADE is the only all-playable video game museum in the world. We were the first dedicated open to the public video game museum in the United States. Our 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. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of game developers.
To learn more, click here.
examspm has offered our team members their online PMP exam prep course with PMP exam application assistance at a discounted rate. To learn more about examspm, click here.
Sensei is partnering with us by allowing us to use their MS Project / Server eLearning tool and eCoach to train staff and eventually our kids to schedule using MS Project according to PMBOK and industry standards. To learn more about Sensei and their products, click here. To learn more about their, MS Project / Server eLearning tool and eCoach click here.https://www.senseiprojectsolutions.com/training/elearning/
To receive the eCoach at a discounted rate, contact PJMantheStarGazer@gmail.com or call 510-269-4814
Community Snack Sponsors:
Our kids attend their regular schools all week then come for more learning Saturday mornings. We’d like to thank the following community sponsors for donating breakfast, coffee and snacks for our kids and their