At Create a LOOP we're committed to partnering with the education leaders and parents in our city and county to make computer science clubs accessible to all the students in their districts. There are many benefits to having a club at your school. For example, our after-school club remove the transportation barrier. It also provides the opportunity for students from the same community to learn together and foster healthy relationships between peers. Our club helps to inspire a since of school pride for students. For kids, they don't see Create a LOOP they see (insert your school name here). They see us and think about their school. Therefore, we also work hard to embody your schools mission and reinforce your school's values.
HOW To start a club at your school
In order to start a club at your school or in your community you must have the following:
At least 20 kids signed-up (i.e. 10 paid students and 10 scholarship students or 20 scholarship students)
Club location that can be used at least 2-4-hours a week
To help you get started with provide you with marketing materials to hand out to parents and we will help facilitate a parents informational meeting. When you are ready to launch we will provide staff, training, volunteers, curriculum, marketing materials, and club materials.
STEAM. Our curriculum brings to life science, technology, engineering, art, and math and makes learning fun. The Science. Unlike most coding clubs, we focus on teaching concepts, not just programming languages because programming languages change but the concepts remain the same. Homework. Members take home lessons and activities to reinforce what they learned in club. Digital Curriculum. We film each lesson so parents can see what their kids are learning and clubbers can catch up on lessons if they miss a club or two.
A DAY IN A LIFE
Vetted. All of our club volunteers (Instructors and Coaches) must pass background checks before working with kids. Trained. They're trained on child safety, anti-bullying, and best practices on implementing our curriculum. Diverse. We believe that it is important for our clubbers to learn from people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. Fun. We hand select volunteers who will bring our curriculum to life and inspire kids to be creators. We're a club not a class...and clubs are meant to be fun.
Our goal is to provide tech education, experiences, and exposure for our students starting in 3rd grade and walking alongside them through high-school. Each year our club becomes a little more challenging but we also know that there's also a benefit to repetition when teaching kids something like computer science. Clubbers take "Intro to Computer Programming" until their in 5th grade. Then, starting in 6th grade they take "Applied Programming" until high-school. High-school clubbers are prepared for college and employment. Their main focus is to pass the AP Computer Science exam.