At ThoughtSTEM, we teach kids the language of computers in order to prepare them for the future. But why? This is the first post in a series of blog posts discussing why we believe it’s so important to teach coding to kids today.
Zach is one of our awesome Office Interns. He helps us write our coding curriculum while learning about the office environment and the technologies we use. We love having Zach around and can’t wait to see how he grows in his role with us.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Hey! I’m Lisa. I teach computer coding at ThoughtSTEM. Usually, I teach in Del Mar focusing on survival games, as well as enrichment classes.
1. Critical Thinking
At ThoughtSTEM, we value critical thinking. Our coaches are aware of the importance critical thinking plays in developing into a successful coder. When a student is working on their game, they learn how to evaluate the problem at hand by breaking it down into smaller problems. Critical thinking translates well into even the non-technical areas of your child’s life: whether they’re trying to evaluate the factuality of information they find on the internet, or whether they have a complicated logistical problem to solve.
Hey Jordan! Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Hey! I work at ThoughtSTEM as the Program Manager. It’s been a really unique and fun job so far. It’s a lot of customer service, where I help parents and students have the best possible experiences in their classes.
If you haven’t met Sonny, you’re missing out. Sonny is one of the people at ThoughtSTEM who builds the curriculum your children use. In addition, he is a great person and cool individual to hang out with. I sat down with Sonny recently and got to talk about what makes him unique both here at work, but also as a person overall.
Have you met Carlos? Carlos has been with ThoughtSTEM for several years now and is one of our lead instructors. One of my favorite things about Carlos is his approachability. You can come to him with anything. He is the type of person who sees a problem, figures out a solution, and helps you solve it. This translates well to his work here at ThoughtSTEM. Added to the fact that he is an all around great guy, you end up with someone who we love having on the ThoughtSTEM team!
If you have not met Cesar, I highly recommend it. What I most enjoyed about Cesar is how he knows a lot about the entire computer science industry. Plus, he is an all around great person!
If you did not know, we are now offering free classes to all our parents and guardians of ThoughtSTEM students. I sat down with Stephen, who is in charge of the classes, and talked about what is involved, why we are running these classes, and what we at ThoughtSTEM hope to achieve through them.