PJMan & The StarGazers  is partnering with Oakland’s video game museum, the The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment) to teach children ages 7-18 years old Introductory Project Management and leadership skills using games and drawings created with Scratch as their project/product. 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.

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:   Check the calendar at the bottom of our Home Page for the next scheduled class.

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

3400 Broadway, Oakland, CA.


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 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 20 students to register.


Project Management & Leadership Skills:

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


Website Creation and Art Classes

12-1pm    Students will learn how to create their own website using Google Sites along with the artifacts for their own games and projects and at times incorporate famous  artistic styles into the exercises. Many times, graduates will teach lessons.  At least 3 drawings will be created over the course of the class.  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.  If your child misses any class, s/he can make it up.  Sign up at least for the first class.


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