April 2018 Newsletter

(we are republishing our newsletters on Medium, so it easy for our readers to find all the articles)

Have you heard of computational thinking? It’s the 5th C many believe should be added as core 21st-century skills which also include critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills. We can’t agree more how important this skill is to succeed in the future. Also, have you ever felt the urge of helping your kids deliver a big brilliant school project? The article “dark help from parents” points out what many parents are already doing but may never realize that homework help can hurt.

The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding)The author argues that “we need computational thinking (CT) to be another core skill — or the “5th C” of 21st-century skills — that is taught to all students”. We certainly agree with that. In addition, we also believe strongly that computational thinking/computer science goes far beyond coding. And this is why we teach kids a broad set of technologies, like Data Science and AI. In fact, the fundamental tech principles are far more important than coding. Read the article to learn more about what computational thinking is and why it is so important.

The dark truth about those big homework projectsHave you had the moments of helping your kids’ homework projects? I definitely remembered them but didn’t know that they might hurt. This article explains the line between supporting and helping, which is inspiring. “What if all the other parents are doing it?”, the article gives out the answer ^_^.

How P-16 education can increase women in STEM fieldsRecently, Silicon Valley has recognized more and more the importance of bringing more women to engineering fields. As a woman in high-tech, I feel that we won’t be successful if not enough girls are interested in engineering or science. As a mom of a seven-year-old girl, I very much agree with this article that more hands-on opportunities in science should be brought to younger girls in K-12 education.

Announcements

Our Scratch coding classes are available now. Kids will work on a hand-on project in each session and practice computational thinking skills!

No plan for Spring Break yet? Here are some great destinations mostly in the Bay Area, where kids will surely have a lot of fun, sun, and with a bit of education mixed in.

March 2018 Newsletter

(we are republishing our newsletters on Medium, so it easy for our readers to find all the articles)

As parents, we can’t stop thinking about what’s best for our children, what they should learn, and how to help them to achieve long-term success. However, society has generally played too much emphasis on test scores, learning sooner, and learning faster. Short term achievements do not equate future successes. It is much more important to develop broad interests, gain real-world knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity at a young age. This month we share with you a selection of articles from da Vinci to what’s happening in schools that address this question.

What Leonardo da Vinci can teach us about kids educationIn this fascinating podcast, Walter Isaacson, the author of “Einstein,” “Steve Jobs,” and, most recently, “Leonardo da Vinci,” explains how da Vinci’s pursuit of the intersection of art, math, and engineering made him who he was, and how his life’s story can inform our thinking today about education, innovation, and technology.

Developing Child CreativityOur children may or may not be born with creativities. But with parent’s help, a child can certainly develop creativity at an early age and reach their giftedness potential. This article tells us some simple ways to do it.

Tying real-world learning to lessons helps students envision their futureMy daughter always expresses great interests when I talk with my husband about latest technologies and products. She is amazed at how technology changes people’s lives in the real world. Should we teach them in the classroom? The answer is yes, which will definitely help them see the relevance of what they learn in school. And this is happening, check out this article.

Announcements

Check out our new Create & Learn website and classes coming in March!

Experience the world-renowned celebration of invention and creativity. Maker Faire Bay Area (May 18–20) tickets are on sale now!

January 2018 Newsletter

(we are republishing our newsletters on Medium, so it easy for our readers to find all the articles)

Happy new year! We hope you are having a wonderful start. This month we want to share with you some articles on raising self-driven kids. Also, check out the fun activities coming up in the next month.

3 ways to raise a kid who won’t quitWe like this video because it shows three simple basic ways to help kids success: “help your child know they can grow their brain, visualize the path to success, and find something they love and stick with it”. Watch the 2-minute video to learn more.

What happens when you give your kids a ‘Yes Day’As parents, we know that we should leave some space to our children to be themselves. Do you sometimes struggle with it like me? Study shows that give more control to the children to themselves helps.

This is how long your kids should be spending on extracurricular activitiesAs the new year starts, I start to plan the extracurricular activities for my daughter. As we all know that “some is great, too much is a curse”. I couldn’t stop wondering how much is enough and found this article inspiring.

Fun Upcoming Activities

For the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, blue moon, and total lunar eclipse will coincide — Check out when and how here. Don’t miss it!

Lunar New Year — The lunar new year is coming up on Feb 16th. There will be many activities in the Bay Area celebrating this special time of the year. Check out the one in Redwood City and many others in the Bay Area.

December 2017 Newsletter

(we are republishing our newsletters on Medium, so it easy for our readers to find all the articles)

From all of us at Create & Learn, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Is your little one thinking about New Year resolutions? Check out the article on how to make it a great experience. We hope you will also enjoy this month’s selections on creativity and design thinking. And don’t forget to sign up for the classes coming up in January and tell your friends about it.

8 Ways to Help Kids Make New Year’s ResolutionsMaking resolutions with your children can be fun, exciting, and an opportunity for growth and change. This article offers great advice on how to do it right with your kids.

The Future Of Creativity & A New Challenge“Creativity is the world’s most human craft and, despite countless new devices and mediums, creative people remain at the center. The more the world changes, the more important creativity becomes.”

Design Thinking: New Innovative Thinking for New Problems“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them,” We can’t agree more. Learn more about how to embrace innovation and design thinking ( have the right mindsets, collaborative teams, and conducive environments ).

Events around the Bay Area

Celebrate the New Year with your kids by checking outone of these local events!

Sign up for upcoming Create & Learn Classes — the New Year is a great time to learn new things. Sign upour Level 1 or Level 2 Data Science and AI classes and spread the words to friends as well. We hope to see you soon.

Nov. 2017 Newsletter

(we are republishing our newsletters on Medium, so it easy for our readers to find all the articles)

Greetings! This month, we have selected three articles related to children’s brain development for you. We are also excited to announce new upcoming classes, including a level 2 Data Science and AI class, starting early next year.

Brain Development — from 0 to 12.This article brought back many sweet memories when my daughter was a baby/toddler. Knowing how kids’ brains are developing behind the many adorable and amazing (occasionally frustrating :)) things makes us appreciate their childhood even more. K-9 is a critical period for brain development especially for creativity and critical thinking skills. It sets the stage for much of their future successes.

Like a Sponge podcast: The Wonder Years.This podcast covers a range of sometimes challenging topics from math, testing, to mobile devices, early adolescence, and the brain developments behind all these. Even if your kids are younger, it is very helpful to know what’s coming up and be prepared.

How the mindset work that won $4 Million Prize will shape your children’s livesA couple months ago, Professor Dweck’s revolutionary work on growth minds won the largest financial prize in education research. Read about what growth mindset really means and how to do it right (yes, it is often misinterpreted).

Create & Learn upcoming Data Science/AI sessions

We are excited to announce three new classes starting early next year — two on Level 1 Data Science and AI, the third is Level 2. And we are offering more time options. Please click here to sign up and help spread the words to your friends.

(we are republishing our past newsletters on Medium, so it is easy for people to find the articles)

(we are republishing our past newsletters on Medium, so it is easy for people to find the articles)

Oct 2017 Newsletter.

Welcome to our October Newsletter. Here are some recent k-9 education articles that inspired us, as well as a couple of local STEAM events that your kids might enjoy.

McKinsey used machine learning to discover the best way to teach science.
Which way do kids learn better — teacher-directed or inquiry-based? The recent McKinsey report sheds some new lights on it based on the data from half a million students across 72 countries.

The founder of Khan Academy built the ultimate school for kids to work and play together — take a look inside
Khan is leading the charge on another learning revolution: flexible learning spaces. The approach takes a hard left turn from regular schooling, and it could pave the way for schools of the future.

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off
“Creativity may be hard to nurture, but it’s easy to thwart.” — This article is from last year. We love that it addresses the core of creativity — passion, joy, the breadth of knowledge…
Bay Area STEAM Events

The 7th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park is Saturday 11/11/17
Free event with tons of great activities for kids. We think it is best for kids K-5. Check out other Bay Area Science Festival events as well.

The 49er’s STEAM Education program has kicked off
Your children’s teacher can apply for a free field trip to Levi’s stadium filled with STEAM activities with a football twist.

May 2018 Newsletter

In our classes and interactions with kids, we have always been impressed by their curiosity and eagerness to learn. Starting this month, we are including fun articles for your kids (and you :)) to learn about the STEM behind the scene in real life. Many of these articles will be related to what we teach as well. The two featured this month are “The Science of Curling” and “Towards More Peaceful Coexistence with Sharks (using AI)”.

The Science of Curling

During the Winter Olympics this year, did your children watch curling and ask questions like what makes the curling ice special or why those guys sweep in front of the stones? This article talks about the science behinds curling and explains these questions. Hope your little ones like it too.

Toward a More Peaceful (and High-Tech) Coexistence With Sharks

Many kids love sea animals, and sharks are one of their favorites. As we know, sharks are dangerous and they can hurt people and other animals. In Australia, artificial intelligence techniques are used to build shark surveillance systems that automatically identify sharks in the water. Sounds very cool, right? Check out this article to learn more.

Why Kids Need To Learn How To Forgive

Last Wednesday night, my daughter suddenly started crying badly. Finally, we found out that her friend switched a stone with her during their playdate but she didn’t want to. These little things may feel small, but they are great opportunities for kids to learn how to deal with bigger challenges in life and in this case, how to forgive. In fact, studies have shown that children who learn how to forgive also gain an edge academically.

Help with our research!

Many loving parents have asked us for tips to help nurture their kids’ interests in STEM. We decided to create a guidebook for parents with inputs from parents. Please help with your inputs and and get a big discount to our programs.

Summer Programs Announced

We just announced line-up of our summer classes in June. Sign up now!

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