The Hidden Value of Going Behind the Scenes

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It’s the heat of the summer travel season and for many this means visits to beaches, campgrounds, and theme parks. While the classroom may seem like a distant past, summer break is ripe for unconventional learning opportunities that peak the curiosity of our children.

Behind the scenes tours, for instance, are a great way to understand the inside story of our favorite foods, drinks, entertainment, and products. There may be a touch of history, innovation, manufacturing, and production. For our family, these trips open the flood gate of questions – a sign of engagement and an appreciation of what it takes to go from concept and raw materials to finished product. Buried in the details of these trips are the hidden educational nuggets – often exposed as “ah ha” moments – that connect the dots from the classroom to the real world.factory_tour

In a similar way, the hidden educational value of going behind the scenes has the same effect as when parents disguise veggies in order to hide nutritional value. We want what is best for our children, but unfortunately, solving math problems may be about as exciting as eating a plate of peas.

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The aspiring innovators who take classes here @ Predicate experience the hidden educational value of going behind the scenes with technology. Computer science is multidisciplinary field with roots in mathematics and physics.  Even while the field is source to an abundance of well paying jobs in our country, it’s important to remember that computer science (going back to it’s roots) is rich with applied educational value. Now into the fourth week of our summer session,  we’ve accomplished some great educational feats – all hidden behind “awesome” weekly activities.

  • Little Conductors (7-8 yr olds) learned about time – specifically converting between seconds and milliseconds – and the impact it has on flashing a bulb.
  • Bootcampers (9-14yr olds) applied an algebraic formula to make a bulb pulse.
  • Minecraft Miners (9-14yr olds) learned about three dimensional space, Euclidean distance, and combining virtual and physical space.
  • Flight Trackers (9-14yr olds) learned about transmitting and receiving frequency.
  • Robot Engineers (9-15yr olds) learned about voltage and circuits (and what happens when things are plugged into the wrong places). They also learned how to diagnose and fix mechanical issues.

And we’re not alone. On multiple occasions (most notably – May 2015 and June 2016), Wired.com has explored the very same topic – when it comes to teaching physics in the classroom. There is something to be said with the value of writing code.

We’re getting ready for our fall session and enrollment is well underway. We build classes that are influenced by how technology is used in the real world and they are taught by practitioners in the field who also have a passion to enrich the lives of our children. Do you want your child to explore the hidden value of going behind the scenes with technology? Enroll today and come check out our open house on August 6th.