Classes and Calendar

  • Moderately Advanced Projects (Mostly Python) Class Review

    This week I taught a class called Moderately Advanced Projects (Mostly Python), for four of my students, who are going into grades 7–10. This group doesn’t appear on my Meetup.com calendar because it was privately formed by the parents and me.

  • Python Web App Making Maps Around Schools

    One of my new example programs for teaching how to make a web application in Python allows the user to select a school from a list, and then shows a Google Map of the area around the school. It’s for my more advanced students, but other students, especially those who know some HTML and CSS, might want to look it over and see if they find it interesting. Perhaps this will motivate new programmers to learn Python, and experienced Python programmers to learn how to make Web apps.

  • Project-Focused Python Classes

    This week I taught a class called Moderately Advanced Python Projects, for five of my best students, who are going into grades 8–10. I’m considering offering a class, Simple to Intermediate Python Projects, for my younger and/or less experienced students.

Notable Past Events

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.

Languages

I recommend Python, Scala, and JavaScript, but can also teach other languages such as Java, C, and C++.

Projects

We do a variety of projects, including:

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.

Cost

Public Classes

These classes are open to the public and have a set price per student. Some recent twelve-hour classes cost $150 per student. These classes, when available, appear here.

Private Individual or Group Lessons

These lessons, for one to six students, cost $75 per hour, 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.

Parent Involvement

Parents are welcome to quietly observe lessons, if space permits.

Getting Ready for Class

Instructions

About Me

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
  • Devoxx4Kids
  • OSCON Kids Day
  • After-school enrichment program at Moraga elementary schools

YouTube Channel

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.