“It’s not like school at all!”

Daniel took our Video Game Programming for Kids course in 2005. His father sent us this letter of thanks.

August 20, 2005

Dear Winston:

I want to thank you for teaching Lunar Repair Yard, the amazing two-week course in computer game programming you gave this summer. I was really impressed that you could teach such a complex and sophisticated topic to kids, and at the same time make it so compelling and fun. Daniel says, “It’s not like school at all!”

Daniel learned a great deal about simple programming in Python language. He now has a good grasp of the building blocks of computer game programming. He is still playing with the ideas by writing little programs and testing them. One great thing I have seen is that he is now not afraid to experiment with programming. He went out and bought a book and continues to learn what he can on his own.

kids_video_game_courseDaniel enjoyed the class tremendously. I think the thing he liked best was that different kids could work together on different aspects of a project. The way you structured the class, with time for individual and group activities, and some playtime, seemed exactly right. Your ability to get across all that complicated information, through examples and projects, shows that you have great teaching skills. I saw that the kids were able to relate to you as both a mentor and skilled programmer. Your constant enthusiasm and encouragement made all the difference.

I know that Daniel’s basic computer skills have improved since the class. His new understanding of the basic concepts of programming allows him to address the computer in a much more sophisticated way, whether he is searching the internet, making pictures, or solving math problems.

Thank you again. I know that Daniel is still very enthusiastic about programming and he would love to continue studying with you if you teach the class again.

Best wishes,

Philip B.
Washington, DC

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