The MADE Teachers


Scratch Video Game Programming

These teachers are IT professionals who volunteer their time and knowledge to teach our kids.  They are so patient and thorough and you can see their enthusiasm as they teach the kids.

Al Sweigart
Mike Pavone

Jeremy Sachs

Russell Spitzer

The MADE Staff

In between the programming  and the drawing classes volunteers at the MADE help the kids understand how games work, with technical assistance and are always a friendly face to see.

Scratch Video Game Drawing


Al Sweigart – Education Director
Al teaches the Scratch Video Game Drawing class.  In addition to teaching the kids how to use a number of tools and techniques to create their masterpieces, Al exposes them to the methods of famous artists such as Piet Mondrian, and styles such as Sierpinski triangles and Fractals.  Furthermore, as he teaches them to draw he uses the lessons to help develop mousing and fine motor skills.
Al Sweigart is a software developer and teaches programming to kids and adults. He has written several Python books for beginners, including “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python”  from No Starch Press.

Founder and Director

Alex Handy is an internationally published technology journalist with a dozen years of experience covering video games, software development, and Bay Area culture. His work has appeared in Wired, the East Bay Express, Business Week, and the Software Development Times. He has won numerous awards for journalism, and his writings have been used in curriculum at Harvard. Slashdot once referred to him as “A well respected figure in games journalism.” When forced to choose, his favorite game is Super Metroid.

Alex has graciously us to partner with him and his staff for which we are very appreciative.  We also thank him for this vision for kids great and small.  *-*