This page has been put together to help potential partners gain a deeper understanding of TechyKids.
The Story Behind TechyKids
As a kid, Sharon Marzouk, Founder and CEO of TechyKids thrived in school with cross disciplinary hands-on projects. But these opportunities are often dependent on the individual teacher, and not part of the regular school system.
She wanted to create more of a path for this type of learning that engages learners by allowing them to combine their unique creativity, perspective, and skillsets with concepts that need to be grasped. Doing this personalizes the learning experience and makes it more meaningful, therefore sticky.
Giving learners a strong foundation, increases interest and the speed of learning. It prepares kids for their future in a fast-changing environment, allowing them the confidence to learn anything. This started her on the path to developing a different type of pedagogy leading to TechyKids.
Along this journey she moved across the country to the Bay Area, led many robotics programs for kids, from Wizbots to being a mentor at Hack the Future. She has been an active yearly and award-winning exhibitor and presenter at Bay Area Maker Faire and the Robot Block Party. She partnered with Willow Garage to develop and lead the PR2 program at The Tech, an exhibit to teach kids how to program the $400K research robot.
Being a woman engineer and educator, passionate about creativity, art and human-centered design she wants to empower more girls to pursue robotics, and everyone to be empowered and capable of making a positive difference in the world. She plans to continue growing TechyKids to help introduce technology programs at schools with quality content and projects that engage the brain and the heart.
Sharon Marzouk Tedx Future of Education Video Excerpt
This 5.5 Minute video explains the overarching philosophy of TechyKids
2) The Realization
There are many gaps in the current education system that need to be filled in order to prepare the current generation for life. Doing projects that connect learning, make the experience meaningful and sticky.
3) The Mission
Teach to all abilities and interests by engaging eyes, ears, hands, mind.
Meet the person where they are and grow them along a constructive path.
Combine our expertise with their passions and creativity so everyone learns and grows from one another.
Teach people to be creators and collaborators that work to make our world better.
Create a Global curriculum that is a common language across borders and religions. Foster ethics, communication and collaboration.
4) Explaining TechyKids for Schools
5) Explaining TechyKids from the Product and Website Perspective
6) The Curricular Content & Flow
This map is clickable to take you to the courses, but you need to have a TechyKids account with access to the different courses, and be logged in. This is an example of a map used in our camps. There is more content available than what is shown in map, this is just an example. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a trial account.
If you want to try learning from our content, but do not have the Thymio Robot on hand, you could try this course:
This course is recommended for beginners for at home or in the classroom. You’ll love the creativity and technical skills needed to create an awesome Thymio robot web project!
7) The Elements and Design
9) The Results
Scalable School Solution - Repeatable Results
Mrs. Julia Dweck was inspired by the TechyKids program to apply for a district wide grant along with 3 other educators from her school. She was awarded the largest district grant from the PTA, and successfully ran the TechyKids program for her 4-6th grade gifted students at Willow Lane Elementary in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Check out the video to the right to hear her story of using TechyKids into her classroom and the amazing student outcomes!
Thinking of writing a grant? Check out Mrs. Dweck’s successfully written grant for TechyKids. Use it to help write your own!
Diverse Learning Experiences in One Environment Workshop
The Belle Haven workshop was open to anyone 6 – 103 years of age. Families attended the workshop together. Everyone was provided with their own workstation and robot and was given a list of three project to choose from. They were given their own personal account and learning path on the TechyKids system. Everyone was in the same environment working at their own level and to their own interests. Coding, building, art, 3-D modeling and robotics were all being learned and performed across all ages in parallel.
Individual Gained Confidence, Breaking through Learning Disabilities
We interviewed Kevin a participant in our 2015 Summer camp. He talks about his struggles with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia and what he was able to achieve in our robotics camp!