Dave Briccetti is a real community resource. As needed he spans the instruction range between “Hello world video game lab” and “Build a web app using Flask and PostgreSQL” and beyond. His classes are fun yet focused. My son and his friends look forward to spending some of their Saturday time learning with Dave.
— Andrew Klingler, Lafayette
My son and daughter both attended Dave’s class for Python programming for a whole year. I liked his approach - he always wants the children to think and will lead them to the solution. He handled them with great patience. He maintains discipline in the class and educates them about other little things along the way. They both loved it. Dave always ensured that my daughter was included and simplified some of the concept for her benefit. My son has had experience with other teachers too, but he thinks it was Dave who’s class was the most challenging.
— Madhavi Phadnis, Moraga
Registering Interest in Classes
Please email me to arrange customized lessons for your child, or, if you want to receive occasional news about my program, and provide information about your child that will help me form groups, please .
I teach a wide variety of programming topics.
Private Lessons and Classes
I teach students in grades 3 through 12, usually in my home in Lafayette, California, just off of Pleasant Hill Road, near Highway 24 and Acalanes High School.
We do a variety of projects, including:
- games, stories and simulations (video of a dice throw simulation)
- text adventure games, such as this one written in Scala
- animation and art with Processing (video)
- plotting data
- web applications, such as an adventure game or joke or quote server
- web clients, such as fetching current weather from the Internet
- learning about how networking programming works, and Internet protocols such as IP, TCP, and HTTP
- microcontroller (Arduino) projects (a pumpkin-hacking project)
I show some of these projects in a blog post: One of My Best Classes Ever.
Quality of Instruction
I train my students to write high-quality code, as I write professionally for my clients. I teach them about software engineering principles like DRY. I model ethical behavior, for example showing students where to find music, art and sound effects that are public domain or Creative Commons–licensed for our uses.
Private Individual or Group Lessons
These lessons, for one to six students, cost $85 per hour ($75 until June 1), regardless of the number of students. The group can divide the cost however they like. Generally parents create these with their children and possibly some friends with similar experience and abilities. If you are interested, please email me.
Parents are welcome to quietly observe lessons, if space permits.
Getting Ready for Class
I am a highly skilled and experienced professional programmer who enjoys teaching kids to program. I am or have been involved with many programs including:
- Hack the Future (blog post) (pictures)
- Lafayette Library and Learning Center MakerFest
- Silicon Valley Code Camp
- Lafayette School District
- TriValley CoderDojo
- Diablo Valley College College for Kids (blog post about the experience)
- Oakland Feather River summer computer camp
- OSCON Kids Day
- After-school enrichment program at Moraga elementary schools
My YouTube channel contains many lessons for programmers, and interviews with interesting people.
Here is a recording of a live presentation I gave last year, introducing programming to parents. Since it’s unedited, you might just skip through it and find parts that interest you.