Weekend Workshops

Join Us Every Weekend for Fun, Flexible 2-hour Coding Workshops at 3 Locations Across San Diego!


There will be no workshop at UCSD this Sunday, July 31. Please join us on Saturday at either the Lawrence Family JCC or the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Check back for information about future Sunday workshops.


Our popular coding workshops are now at the Lawrence Family JCC and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center every Saturday. Can’t make Saturdays? Check out our workshops every Sunday at UC San Diego.

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A Fun Way for Children 8-14 to Learn Computer Science

Write code. Earn prizes. These are fast-paced, exciting workshops where students of all ages choose from a variety of challenges designed to introduce them to programming. Students can join at any time because the challenges are self-paced. No lectures; students learn by doing with the help of our expert teachers and college mentors.


Although we have plenty of challenges in advanced languages like Javascript for those with programming experience, our teachers use curriculum specifically designed to engage students with no prior programming experience. Beginning students start with simple projects in Scratch, which build in complexity to teach students how to think like a programmer. By completing challenges, students earn "achievement cards," which makes it easy to track progress and motivate student to tackle more complex projects every weekend!

Discounts Available

Buy 10 or more workshops in advance at a discount, and join us at any of our three locations (UCSD, JCC, and RH Fleet). You can mix and match! Also, if you are a current member of the JCC or Reuben H. Fleet Science Center or a faculty/staff at UCSD, there are discounts on single workshop purchases. Plus, check out our other discounts for siblings.

Currently Enrolling

UCSD workshops have temporarily moved to room CSE 4140.

Time

Every Saturday at the Lawrence Family JCC: 10am - 12pm

Every Saturday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Every Sunday at UCSD there are two different workshops:
Morning Session: 10am - 12pm
Afternoon Session: 2pm - 4pm
Place

Lawrence Family JCC (4126 Executive Dr, San Diego, CA 92037)

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101)

UCSD Computer Science Building, Room 4140 (Click for directions)
Ages Appropriate for students 8-14 years old
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1 year of unlimited workshops ($1600 total, less than $27 per workshop when used 60 or more times): Enroll Now!

50 workshops in advance ($1350 total / $27 per workshop): Enroll Now!

30 workshops in advance ($900 total / $30 per workshop): Enroll Now!

10 workshops in advance ($350 total / $35 per workshop): Enroll Now!

1 workshop for 1 student ($50 per workshop): Enroll Now!

1 workshop each for 2 siblings ($40 per sibling): Enroll Now!

1 workshop each for 3 siblings ($30 per sibling): Enroll Now!

Discounts Available

More info: Call (858) 869-9430 or email us at contact@thoughtstem.com


What Sets Us Apart

Unmatched Expertise.

You may find lots of "how-to-code" courses online, but these are hard enough for experts to approach and were not developed with novice students in mind. ThoughtSTEM founders each earned their PhD from UC San Diego specializing in Computer Science Education and literally wrote the book on how to teach computer science to 8-14 year olds.

Mentorship from Local College Students.

We augment our workshop instructors with exceptional local college and high school students that have each mastered our curriculum. Besides serving as good role models, these mentors are often more approachable to younger students than adult teachers.

High Instructor-to-Student Ratio.

We work hard to train enough teachers and mentors to ensure that every student participates and no one gets left behind. By placing our workshops at three centralized locations like UCSD, JCC, and RH Fleet Science Center, we can provide the highest instructor-to-student ratio.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you get your curriculum?

ThoughtSTEM uses its own project-based curriculum. Our curriculum has been developed by our co-founders, PhDs in the field of computer science education.



Does my child need to bring their own computer?

Your child is welcome to bring her or his own computer to the workshop. We have a number of computers available, however, if your child does not have a computer to bring.



When and where are ThoughtSTEM workshops held?

Presently, ThoughtSTEM workshops are held at three locations; On Saturdays we run a workshop at the JCC from 10 am - 12 Noon and another at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center from 10:30am - 12:30pm. On Sundays we run two workshops at UCSD, one from 10 am - 12 Noon and the other from 2 pm - 4 pm. (Click for Directions)



Who helps my kids at the workshops?

ThoughtSTEM has hired several undergraduate mentors from UC San Diego to help mentor your kids. All of the mentors are highly qualified in both teaching and programming. We try to maintain a 4:1 student to mentor ratio in order to ensure your student gets the attention they deserve!



How do I sign up?

Use one of the links above to purchase your place in the workshop & enroll your student!



When do I pay?

You can pay online using one of the links above! When you add the workshop item to your shopping cart in your online store, you'll be asked to fill out some enrollment information about your child. You should receive a confirmation e-mail after you've completed the transaction online.



So how much does it cost?

The cost for one 2-hr workshop is $50, but there are currently several discounts available.



What are the current discounts?

  • We have sibling discounts if you have two children ($40 for each child) or three or more children ($30 for each child). The sibling discounts are intended to help large families with more than one child interested in attending.
  • If you purchase 10 workshops in advance, each workshop is only $35.
  • If you purchase 30 workshops in advance, each workshop is only $30.
  • If you purchase 50 workshops in advance, each workshop is only $27.
  • If you purchase an annual pass and you attend 60 or more, you bring the cost per workshop below $27.
  • If you're UCSD staff/faculty, a JCC member, or a member at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, your children get the workshops at a rate of $40 per workshop. E-mail us at contact@thoughtstem.com to get access to this discount.

If I purchase 10 or more workshops in advance, does my student have to attend the next consecutive workshops?

No! We will keep a "punch card" for your student to keep track of the workshops attended. This way your student can miss a workshop here and there without any problem.



Can I as a parent stay at the workshop or do I have to leave my student there alone?

Parents are always allowed to stick around during the workshops. We would encourage you to let your child do the projects on their own, but you are welcome to learn with them!



Is it a problem if my student can only come every other week?

It's not a problem at all! We've designed these workshops so that students can jump in at any skill level at any time. We have challenges available for all skill levels and our mentors will help your student decide which challenges would be best to pursue.