Create & Learn Monthly - From Harvard to UCSF Medical School, Meet Our Role Model of the Month: Joy Jin on Pursuing Passion!

We are so excited to introduce our role model of the month, Joy Jin! She is a STEM enthusiast and has an infectious passion for learning, as well as helping others. Also, we are thankful to parents who take the time to give some great feedback about our classes! See what they're talking about by joining our classes. And check out our top Facebook posting of the month on Pilot & Engineer Barbie dolls! Will this help girls garner more interest in STEM? Find out in our Create & Learn Monthly newsletter!


Role Model of the Month: Joy Jin

As a startup, we have a lot going on. This month, we are celebrating (and getting inspired by) our role model of the month, Joy!

This month’s role model is Joy, a first-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who has some big goals for her future. However, it was things she learned while growing up, like competitive ice-skating and starting a nonprofit for the visually impaired, that led her to where she is today. Learn more about what advice she has, as well as her story, here!


Parent Reviews

We're excited to share some positive feedback from parents!

In this month of gratitude, we are so grateful for the positive feedback we've been receiving from our parents! Find out what they're talking about by signing up for one of our introduction classes. :)


Top Facebook Post

This month, Barbie made to the top by becoming pilot and engineer!

Barbie Launched Pilot & Engineering Dolls!

(Evening Standard)

Virgin Atlantic's pilot Barbie ( Virgin Atlantic )

Remember playing house with Barbie growing up? Or maybe you knew someone that did? Well, Barbie just got a new job -- Mattel launched Pilot & Engineering Barbie, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airlines. The hopes are that these dolls will encourage more girls to become involved in STEM-related activities. Find out more about what their inspiration was, and where to find them, here!

Do you enjoy reading articles like these? Follow us on Facebook to read more news like this and sign up for our fun computer science classes to learn more about the technologies and research behind these topics.

Create & Learn Monthly — 4 Easy Ways to Tell if a Coding Program is Right for your Kids

Create & Learn Monthly — 4 Easy Ways to Tell if a Coding Program is Right for your Kids

With summer right around the corner, we are sharing some great tips for your kids’ learning and an inspiring story.

4 Simple Ways to Tell if Your Kid’s Coding Class Will Work as Advertised

(Create & Learn)

Pictures of happy kids, shiny computers, big smiles, and enticing class descriptions … this is what you see on almost every website that advertises kids computer classes. But how do you tell if your kid will really learn? Check out these 4 simple yet effective ways to tell if a program is as good as it advertises, and some of the ways might surprise you. Read on to find out more!

Meet the 10-year-old coder grabbing the attention of Google, Microsoft and Michelle Obama

(CNBC)

Samaira Mehta: CNBC

Samaira Mehta is changing the coding game, and she’s only 10! Mehta is founder and CEO of her own company CoderBunnyz, which is a board game that teaches players as young as 4 basic coding concepts. When she was learning to code, she noticed a gap in the education field that was much needed, and decided to create her own game. Learn all about Mehta and CoderBunnyz here!

Tips on how to talk to your children about cybersecurity

(IOL)

As our children grow up, it’s inevitable that technology and the internet will become part of their daily lives just as much as our own. Cybersecurity is an increasingly important issue, but when do we let our kids know of this? And what’s the best way to do it? Learn all about it here!

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Can AI Really Learn How to Play Jazz? Plus, Join Our Coding Contest!

AI technology advancements have created some amazing things, including the ability to create art. What does it look like when computer scientists use AI to perform jazz music? Speaking of amazing advancements, a new technique tracks brain activity 60 times faster than an MRI, but how? And when it comes to eating with the climate in mind, what’s better: a Locavore diet or a Vegetarian one? Find out in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter!

We are also hosting a fun coding competition for those of you with children who love to use Scratch. Learn all about it and enter here! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Can AI Learn How to Jam?

(Scientific American)

Credit: Eric Nyffeler

AI can do so many incredible things, like write a book, design furniture, or create art. However, some computer scientists have been wondering if AI can create improvised music, such as jazz. Find out how these questions came about, and what is next in regards to AI and music, in this article!

Real-Time Brain Activity

(The Harvard Gazette)

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The human brain has fascinated scientists and biologists alike. It’s fast-reacting, and specific, neurons have been difficult to catch in real-time — until now. Researchers have found a new way to track the amazing things our brain does at such a fast pace that it’s almost like watching it happen instantly. Find out what these scientists are hoping to do with their findings, and how it all works, here!

Locavore vs. Vegetarian — What’s Better For the Planet?

(The Conversation)

Climate change is happening, and food plays a part in this. So, people have been doing their best to be more conscious of their food choices. This consciousness brought about a question — is it better to be a Locavore (where you only eat foods grown and harvested within a certain radius of your home) or a Vegetarian? Find out what researchers have found here!

Love these articles? Check out TechNews4Kids to read more news like these and sign up for our fun computer science classes to learn more about the technologies driving these innovations.

Create & Learn Monthly — The AP Exam — Another Great Reason to Learn Computer Science Early

Create & Learn Monthly — The AP Exam — Another Great Reason to Learn Computer Science Early

Your kids’ Computer Science learning can be translated directly to college admission more so than ever as more and more students take the Computer Science AP exam. Huge progress has been made in recent years which offer strong evidence of its popularity. However, big gaps still remain for female and minority students. We took a look at the 2018 AP Exam Computer Science results and have summarized the key insights for you. Speaking of college admission, there are more competitions in computer science also, because of how desirable it is. And can kindness really be a skill we can all learn? Find out in our May 2019 Monthly Newsletter! Join our classes to learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Despite Progress, Significant Gaps Remain for Females & Minorities in Computer Science AP Exams

(Create & Learn)

The AP (Advanced Placement) exam has been gaining traction in regards to the number of tests being taken each year. We looked at the Computer Science test numbers to see what interesting information it offers. There is a ton! Take a look at what we found in our latest article here.

What it really looks like to be a computer science hopeful

(The Daily)

Computer Science (CS) is one of the most practical and economic major to go into in college, with basically a guarantee to get a job right away. But with great job security after graduation comes great competition. Naturally, it is highly competitive to get into. So what does this mean for our children looking to merge into the field, and how can you help? Find out here.

Kindness Is a Skill

(The New York Times)

Nick Shepherd/Ikon Images, via Getty Images

What does it take to be kind? And can it be learned? Specific scenarios bring out different sides of who we are and how we handle them. Each situation is explored with a unique perspective, and how we can be the most kind we can. Find out what we can do in regards to kindness and how to build that skill set here.

Do you enjoy reading articles like these? Follow us on Facebook to read more news like this and sign up for our fun computer science classes to learn more about the technologies and research behind these topics.

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