ThoughtSTEM Blog

Carlos: one of our coolest instructors

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 18:21:24 +0000

Have you met Carlos? Carlos has been with ThoughtSTEM for several years now and is one of our lead instructors. One of my favorite things about Carlos is his approachability. You can come to him with anything. He is the type of person who sees a problem, figures out a solution, and helps you solve it. This translates well to his work here at ThoughtSTEM. Added to the fact that ...

Meet Cesar, the organizer of ThoughtSTEM’s Weekend Workshops

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:29:36 +0000

If you have not met Cesar, I highly recommend it. What I most enjoyed about Cesar is how he knows a lot about the entire computer science industry. Plus, he is an all around great person!

Cesar runs and manages our Weekend Workshops: a weekly coding workshop on Sundays. Here I sit down with Cesar and learn just what a Weekend Workshop is, and how if differentiates itself ...

ThoughtSTEM Offers Classes to Parents at No Cost

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:48:07 +0000

If you did not know, we are now offering free classes to all our parents and guardians of ThoughtSTEM students. I sat down with Stephen, who is in charge of the classes, and talked about what is involved, why we are running these classes, and what we at ThoughtSTEM hope to achieve through them.

So what do you do here at ThoughtSTEM?
Co-Founder of ThoughtSTEM. I implement all of the technology that powers ThoughtSTEM software and infrastructure as my day-to-day role.

Can ...

We have just received a $330k grant from National Science Foundation! Here is every way we plan to help the community now.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:00:36 +0000

We have recently received a $330k Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation.

With this new grant funding, we are now able to offer more innovative, video game-inspired computer science curriculum to students around the world by moving the curriculum from classes with students in San Diego to online as well.

Our mission has always been to find every student interested in understanding how computer programming works and teach them in a context they can understand

There will ...

ThoughtSTEM Highlight: Lindsey Handley, PhD

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:58:42 +0000

If you have not had a chance to meet Lindsey, I strongly suggest you take the time to do so. Lindsey is someone I really enjoy talking to. She always has a smile on her face, no matter the situation. She keeps employees motivated and excited to come into the office.


What is your title at ThoughtSTEM?
I am a co-founder here, but my official title is Chief ...

Instructor Highlight: Jordan Karstens

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:17:15 +0000

What is your role at ThoughtSTEM?
My title is instructor, but I have a few different roles. I was just an instructor for a while, and now I am monitoring classes making sure they go well from the ThoughtSTEM offices. Though over summer, I have been helping run the classes at our summer camps. It’s been super exciting for me because I get to interact with the kids ...

ThoughtSTEM Highlight: Deanna Bell

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:22:19 +0000

Have you ever called our ThoughtSTEM office? Chances are you spoke to Deanna. Deanna Bell is our Parent Relations Manager, but as I found out in this interview, she is so much more than this. One of the things that stood out to me about Deanna, was her ability to take control of a situation, see what needs to be done, and execute a plan. That ability is much needed ...

ThoughtSTEM Highlight: Jason Le

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:47:51 +0000

Coding is about community. It benefits from community. Go out and get involved.

Jason has worked with tech his entire life, it is something he enjoys and he likes to teach others to share his interests. Seemingly unrelated parts of life can be enhanced and given meaning by STEM. It changes the fundamental way people look at problems they face and can grant a ...

Coding for Kids: How Critical Thinking and Technical Skills Can and Must Prepare the Next Generation for the Future

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:58:43 +0000

Talented Instructors and Providing Children with Meaningful Education through teaching coding for kids:

Educating children on matters of technology is often encouraged in order to ensure a generation of computer literate individuals who are capable of contributing to their fullest potential in our interconnected world. For this reason many have agreed that education in our modern world should feature lessons in coding for kids.


How one goes about providing this future generation with such a skill set is often a question of parents, educators, and business owners. To this end there have been a collection of efforts to provide children ...

Parents’ role in coding education

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 06:00:25 +0000

I had my first coding lesson in Kindergarten in the early 90s.  My first coding teacher didn’t have a degree in computer science.  In fact, she didn’t know much more than I did.  She was my mom, and she taught herself while she taught me.

We had a book.  I think it was this one:

We wrote our first programs on our first home computer.  One of these: