Introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts into your school will be easier this year with the Homeschool Computer Courses offered by David Hirschfeld of Memphis Bits, Bytes & Bots. Students will learn about computers and robotics by studying computer applications, coding, stop motion movie making, video game creation and more. There will be two levels of courses, one which will be for upper elementary/middle school and the second for high school students.
David and his wife, Vesna, have worked with children and teenagers in some form of education for a number of years. Over the past 10 years, David has taught STEM courses to students in kindergarten through college. Last year, he offered a STEM-based class to homeschoolers, which was well received.
“My technology classes engage students in project-based activities that teach technology skills, problem solving, critical thinking and self-esteem,” said David Hirschfeld, who also owns the Memphis Bits, Bytes & Bots.
David has put together homeschool classes that will appeal to any child who has an interest in STEM activities and for those who are curious and want to learn more. The two levels of classes are each 90 minutes long and will continue over a 30-week period. All Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6, at Heartsong Church in Cordova.
Course descriptions from David Hirschfeld
Upper Elementary/Middle School Class
The Upper Elementary/Middle School technology class, which is for students ages 10-13, will use both PC laptops and tablets to explore and learn a variety of digital topics that will include Lego Mindstorm NXT robotics; computer programming using Scratch and Alice; stop motion movie making; Internet and computer safety; video game creation and more. This class is for homeschool students 10-13 years of age and is offered 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
High School Class
The High School technology class will focus on the basics of the computer applications of word
“STEM encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms. Colleges and universities look for students who have experience and interest in STEM subjects,” said Hirschfeld. “Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth.”
Registration for both classes is for the entire school year and is $400 per class. The fee includes all of the materials and equipment, which are provided by the instructor. Payment is required to register, but may be made in three installments. You may also pay in full when registering. A sibling discount is available for families registering two or more students -10 percent off the total cost for a second student, 15 percent off for the third or more and you may mix/match classes.
You may register your child by e-mailing David. Please include the following:
1) The first and last name of your child
2) Your child’s age
3) The name of the class(es) for which you are registering
4) The payment method you choose.
5) Your contact e-mail address and telephone number
You may also call (901) 685-6701 for more information. There is limited space remaining in the in the Upper Elementary/Middle School Class, so do not delay! Contact David by Monday, September 5, to reserve your space.
STEM Homeschool Classes, held at Heartsong Church, 800 North Houston Levee Road, Cordova, 38018
Upper Elementary/Middle School Class, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
High School Class, Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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