Fresno State's Youth Tech Academy, held at Fresno State's Kremen School of Education, is designed to help fifth through eighth graders develop new technology skills through involvement in Lego robotics, flight simulation, web design and 3D design and printing. The Academy is offered on four consecutive Saturday mornings in January from 9:00am to 12:30pm and will repeat in March. Learners will participate in two 90-minute classes each Saturday, which will offer enrichment in science, mathematics and engineering.
Three of the four classes are taught by instructors from ERC. Jet Vong, an ERC research assistant will inspire future pilots in a flight simulation class during which students will hear real-time air traffic control conversations. John Escalera, ERC's Information Technology Director will show students how to design their own websites while following the latest guidelines in digital citizenship. Students will also use basic principles of mathematics and the engineering design process, as ERC's Technology Specialist Paul Seow, leads them through the process of designing and printing a variety of their own personalized creations.
The Academy is sponsored by Fresno State's Office of Community-Based Learning, The Math Science Teacher Initiative, and The California Teaching Fellows Foundation. Future teachers serve as instructional assistants. Classes are limited to 20 students each to maximize individual attention and to allow adequate time for learning how to use the latest technology, software, and equipment.
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