Parents Look on as kids learn how to program first Scratch Game – Dec. 3rd 2016  To see more pictures visit our Gallery

Our group started July 22, 2016. We started planning our first project in August 2016 with a partnership between The MADE (Museum of Art & Digital Education) in Oakland.  We teach kids project management and leadership skills and the MADE teaches them Scratch Video Game Programming and Drawing.  The Drawing class was added June 2017.

2016 – 2017

First Project

Introduction to Project Management & Scratch Video Game Programming for Kids w/The MADE (Saturdays, December 3, 10 and January 7, 2017)

For our first project we taught  kids beginning Project Management and from the MADE taught Scratch video game programming skills.  Classes took place Saturdays, December 3 and 10, 2016 and January 7, 2017 at The MADE.org in Oakland, CA USA.  Each day the first 2 hours of the 3.5 hr. classes focused on project management and the last 1.5 hours focused on Scratch video game programming. Scratch is a tool developed by MIT to teach kids 8-16 to code/program video games (https://scratch.mit.edu/about).  We developed a project plan and road map to introduce the kids to project management tools, methods, and concepts. The kids’ projects were the actual 3 part class and a published video game on the Scratch site http://scratch.mit.edu.   After completion of the class, each kid received a Certificate of Completion or Participation, a Scorecard and Superhero character (To use to represent their work and hide their real identity for safety reasons).  Copies of each of our tools are at the bottom of this page.  Read More...

 

Second Project 

Introduction to Project Management & Scratch Video Game Programming & Drawing for Kids w/The MADE (Saturdays, June 10 – July 22, 2017)

For a second time we partnered with The MADE.   This time we added a Scratch Video Game Drawing class to the program. We changed our requirements for the classes. Instead of three 2 hour project management classes we changed the class to  Six 1 hour classes, To receive a Certificate of Completion, the students were required to attend 6 Project Management classes, 3 Scratch Video Game Programming classes and 2 Scratch Video Game Drawing classes.

Here are the summaries for each class:

*Class 1 of 6  – Saturday, June 10, 2017

*Class 2 of 6  – Saturday, June 17, 2017

*Class 3 of 6  – Saturday, June 24, 2017

*No Class      – Saturday, July    1, 2017    In celebration of  4th of July

*Class 4 of 6  – Saturday, July   8, 2017

*Class 5 of 6  – Saturday, July  15, 2017

*Class 6 of 6  – Saturday, July  22, 2017

During our second classes, one of the MADE’s volunteers introduced herself and offered to teach our kids Video Storytelling.  After reviewing her site information, we were so impressed we wanted to work with her.  Unfortunately, she was leaving for New York to live in August 2017.  After getting buy-in from the children we decided to add Lam Thuy Vo’s class to our program.

Around the same time decided to start the kids’ first project – A Simulated Lemonade Stand!  Actually, we’d already decided on the Lemonade Stand but when we learned that Lam was leaving soon we decided to combine our first project with the video storytelling class.

Starting with 5th and 6th or last classes, we started planning and incorporating the Simulated Lemonade Stand into the classes.

Second Project Contributors

PJMan & The StarGazers Team

The MADE Teachers & Staff

 

The Students’ First Project

The Simulated Lemonade Stand & Video Story Telling

Initially, this project was going to be an actual lemonade stand but when we started considering the cost of permits and other expenses and time verses any profit we’d make we decided to use the opportunity to explain about prototypes, pilots and alpha and beta testing.  The actual simulated lemonade stand occurred Saturday, July 29th with a Lessons’ Learn workshop the following Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Here’s the final video:

Write up     …coming soon.

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Third Project

Introduction to Project Management & Scratch Video Game Programming & Drawing Computer Graphics for Kids w/The MADE (Saturdays, October 21, 28 & November 4, 2017)

For a third time we are partnered with The MADE.   This class the MADE surprised us with a new computer graphics teacher,   Jack Pryne so instead of simple drawing using Scratch our kids will learn from a professional. Our last drawing instructor was excellent and we were very appreciative to have him.

This class we’re going back to original format of 3 two hour project management classes, 3 Scratch Video Game Programming classes and 3 Scratch Computer Graphics classes are required to receive a Certificate of Completion,

Here are the summaries for each class:

1st   set of Classes  October 21, 2017

2nd set of Classes  October 28,2017

3rd set of Classes   November 4,2017

 

Third Kids’ Project
Create Your own Google Sites Website

Nov. 11 & 18, 2017

The kids had lots of fun learning all the options for creating  their own websites.  Google did a wonderful job with the new Sites tool.  It’s so easy for kids big and small to use.  I also incorporated an Adobe Sparks video to the kids for my sample website.  Unfortunately, Adobe was having some technical issues that I didn’t know about and as a result I was up all night trying to upload pictures and recording over and over again to point that my voice is strained.  Although I know I should do it, here’s the sample website and  video I used to teach the kids.  I’ll re-post once I re-record it and post samples of the kids as soon as I can.  They created the most beautiful website.  Will post when we catch up.

4th Kids’ Project
Hackathon a DialogFlow Voice App for Google Devices including Home

Saturday, Nov. 25 & 26, 2017 9am -6pm

Update coming soon… However, we were able to create a voice app or Chatbot titled “PJMan Learn about the Solar System” and every kid participated in the Pitch of our app.  Most we terrified of speaking but they did they’re part.  We’ll share the video of our pitch which has our demonstration of our app in the testing phase soon also.

Special thanks to Veda Rogers and her team for their assistance.