Hi K-8 Educators!Increase your professional abilities along with earning extra income this summer! Learn directly from experienced robotics educator Sharon Marzouk, founder & CEO of TechyKids. TechyKids is a project-based learning platform founded in 2012 to teach robotics and coding in a unique combination of learning and doing. This year, we are looking for rockstar individuals from around the country to host TechyKids Camp Out of a Box. We provide almost everything you need to start, including training… and will help you figure out the rest. It is perfect for folks who love teaching and being around elementary & middle school kids, have an entrepreneurial zest, and are looking for a side hustle or as a camp offering at school. You’ll enjoy learning with other motivated educators, and bringing this innovative project-based technology programs to students in your area!
As a member of our cohort of teachers you will be part of an educator community, learning with one another, and forming relationships with other inspiring educators from across the country. Embark on your own learning journey as you get the tools to run your own TechyKids camp that inspires kids to be curious while learning 21st century skills in a project-based way…and have we mentioned ROBOTS?!!
How Much Can you Earn?
In past years educators have earned anywhere from $1700 to $7500 for one week of TechyKids camp.
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TechyKids provides you with:
- Equipment (Thymio robots and Legos) + shipping
- Student Learning Accounts on TechyKids
- Training on TechyKids Learning system
- Curriculum (videos, exercises, quizzes, projects)
- General liability insurance coverage
- Online enrollment system
- Marketing collateral (Check out a flyer!)
- Guidance and support
Important Educator Traits:
- Energy and time to invest into learning something new
- Willingness to collaborate with fellow educators
- Responsible, curious, & great with a roomful of kids
- Empathetic, open-minded, OK with improvisation
- Comfortable with not having all of the answers, but eagerness to find them
What you provide:
- Location with reliable Wi-Fi to run camp
- Reach out to your local community for enrollments
- Computers – at least one per two kids (Kids could bring their own to camp)
- Assistant teacher as needed with background check
- Your awesome teaching spirit!
What is Learned in Camp?
How do robots work? How does the robot see the world? Learn it all here while you program a real robot! Thymio is a versatile and fun robot with 20 sensors, 2 motors, and 39 LEDs. It’s the perfect platform for an endless amount of projects and creativity. First, get started with the easy to learn visual programming language as you learn to program behaviors. Then we’ll advance to learn what ‘if then’ statements are and how to read and modify real code! We’ll be doing a variety of projects from programming a robot pet with personality, to having Thymio follow a path, solving a maze, to creating a musical instrument.
Thymio is not just an ordinary robot, it’s the platform to use your imagination to create and invent whatever you can imagine! Program the robot to behave as you wish and then build off of Thymio with LEGO, and crafts to turn it into your invention. Then we’ll be working on logo design, your product description, and making a video advertisement for your robot. By the end of camp you’ll be revving to try and sell your newly branded invention.
How Does Training Work?
A specially made online class that walks you through the processes of setting up the camp, marketing the camp. You get access to all of the online courses that the students have access to. You go through the materials as a student would, and are also provided with answer keys and guidance on how to properly facilitate the camp. We have up to 3 live video sessions where Founder, Sharon Marzouk answers any questions. Support during camp is just a phone call away.
How is camp run?
The format of camp is that we orient the kids, they get to know how to use TechyKids to access their resources and templates for their original projects, we pair them up with with a camper of a similar age or ability level, and then they learn and work together in projects, and we help them achieve their goals. Friday of camp the kids present out to fellow campers and family. Kids work at their own level and pace, with ample support and guidance. They use the TechyKids online learning system to learn the content at their own pace.
On the TechyKids site, you can look at the projects to see the wide range of projects created by the kids.
Feel free to email us with any questions: Info@techykids.com
The TechyKids Team
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