CompuChild® of Mountain House in Northern California
Since 1994, CompuChild has been dedicated to preparing children for the academic challenges of tomorrow through technology education today. To accomplish our mission, we:
Our classes are offered throughout the year. After-School Centers and Elementary Schools, are welcome to contact us to learn more about our program.
In addition to mechanical robotic parts such as motors, axles, gears, cams, pulleys etc., students will be using sensors, along with Scratch programming to make their robot achieve multiple tasks.
Instructor-led weekly on-line lessons followed by access of self-paces 40-hour video tutorials which provide step-by-step instructions on how to create exciting scratch games and learn coding skills.
Instructor-led weekly on-line lessons followed by access of self-paces 100-hour video tutorials which provide step-by-step instructions on how to create exciting games with Minecraft and learn coding skills.
Students will use 3D printing pens to design interesting parts and beautiful artwork. This class will focus on explaining the details of additive manufacturing technology, its advantages, and disadvantages.
The class emphasizes research and effective communication techniques. Learners will gain self-confidence and leadership skills while practicing their public speaking and debate/argumentation skills.
In addition to mechanical robotic parts such as motors, axles, gears, cams, pulleys etc., students will be using sensors, along with drag-and-drop programming to make their robot achieve multiple tasks.
FAQs for Mountain House Parents
How can I get additional details on the 6 after-school enrichment classes that are being offered by CompuChild at Mountain House during Summer and Fall 2023?
You can click on the “Enroll Now” buttons or use the “QR Code” in the flyer to get to the enrollment forms. There are 2 online enrollment forms (one for Summer and another for Fall) and 6 downloadable flyers. Please feel free to download those pdf files to learn more about each course. You can also scroll up and view the details by clicking on the “Read More” link right on this website.
Check your child's grade level before enrolling them in a class
Our online ‘Scratch Coding’ course is NOT available for Kindergarten students and our online ‘Minecraft Coding’ course is NOT available for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students. All other courses are available for K to 5th grade students.
Is there a discount for taking more than 1 class?
There is a 10% discount for taking more than 1 classes. If a student takes 2 courses during one semester then they will receive a $40 discount and if they are enrolled in 3 courses during the same semester then they will receive a $60 discount on the total enrollment cost.
Can I get a refund after enrollment?
Refunds are allowed only before classes begin. Fees are non-refundable after the beginning of the session. Our classes have been very well received by parents and students in various school districts. If parents did not enroll a child then that spot could have gone to another child in the waiting list.
Are there makeup classes if my child misses a class?
There will be no makeup for missed classes.
Will the same course be offered in the next semester?
CompuChild has a diverse set of curricula in STEM and Entrepreneurship. We plan to offer our after-school enrichment classes throughout the year, including summer camps. Given the breadth of our curricula, we do not expect to repeat the same course for the same level student for approximately 2 years.
Do children need to bring anything to the class?
CompuChild instructors bring robotic kits, electrical circuit kits, computers, tablets, projectors, etc. to the class. Children do not bring anything – other than their excitement for learning :-).
What's the typical student/teacher ratio in these classes?
We try to maintain a student/teacher ratio of ~15/1 for hands-on classes such as robotics and electrical circuits. For other classes, we maintain a student/teacher ratio of ~24/1. The student/teacher ration in our online classes is just ~8/1.
Is there any homework?
Most of our classes have a final project where children demonstrate what they have learnt from the class through props, posters and presentations. We also recommend various observations and inquiries which are discussed in the next class. Other than these, there is no required homework that needs to be graded.
Is there any test or exam?
We do an assessment of every child on the first day of the class for our internal use, and provide a very brief feedback at the end of the class. While CompuChild is very focused on making sure that children learn from these classes, we are also cognizant that a test/exam focused environment hampers the excitement for learning. We do not make our evaluation available to parents. Parents should talk to their children to understand if they are benefiting from our classes.
Our 2 online coding courses during Summer are unique as there are weekly instructor led on-line classes but along with those, your child also gets 24/7 access to hours of video lessons and homework that they can do at their own pace. Our instructor will assign homework and both the instructor and parents will be able to monitor the progress of the student.
Do children work together? How are they grouped?
Teamwork is one of the most important skills that students will learn in our class. We typically provide one robotic or electrical circuit kit to a group of 3 students. Students take turn to build these models and projects. We try to group children in a way that there is a minimum difference between the grade levels in one group. Our instructors keep an eye on the group dynamic and try to change the group if necessary.
How does a parent find out what happened in the class? Will my child bring any models home?
Most of the building and programming happens with expensive robotic and electrical circuit kits. We cannot afford to give these parts and models to children. They will use these parts to build another model in the the next class. One way to communicate what happened in the class is by posting pictures and video of activities in the class on CompuChild’s web page and social media sites. For that, parents need to allow us to take pictures of children and their activities in class which we can use for sharing with parents and our marketing purposes. You have this option in the enrollment form. We believe the best way to find out what happened in the class is to talk to your child. This gives them an opportunity to recollect, which reinforces the ideas that we highlight in our class.
Can I pick my child up from the parking lot?
Our enrollment form asks if parents will be picking up their child from the class or their child is allowed to walk home on their own. If parents indicate that they will be picking up their child from the class then they will need to come to the door at the class.
What if I am late in picking up my child?
Parents/guardians are fully responsible for picking up children within five minutes of the dismissal time. The school district allows us the room for very specific hours. Your delay will require our instructors to wait with your child, sometimes even outside the classroom. After the first 5 minutes, we will be charging parents $5 for every 10 minute delay. CompuChild has the policy of passing on 100% of these fines to our instructors who wait with the child.
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