I am a middle school science teacher and have also taught Computer Classes. This year, I am teaching Computer Science for the first time. I could not be doing this class without the help and direction by Learningtech.org. I appreciate the expertise and direction provided by Dr. Miller and his team. The students enjoy their lessons. And the students are producing projects that meet standards set by CSTA, and Common Core in math and language arts. Students are also producing projects that cross the silos into science curriculum. Furthermore, the support provided to me includes that I will be self-directed and leading the Computer Science classes in the near future. This is awesome!
I am so thankful to you guys for what you did for my son. He loved the class and still remembers everything he has learned and still wants to go back. I am happy to help another child, as you did for us. I hope to be able to keep supporting your program because I know the impact it had on my son. Thank you!
I have interacted with this team, both personally and as a business owner, for many years. They demonstrate great dedication to their mission and I hope they continue to serve their community for many more years.
Our son has gone to the Miller Institute of Leaning summer camps for four summers now. Although our son has been to a number of camps, including the ID Tech which is much much more expensive, The Miller Institute camp is his favorite by far. He loves the Troubleshooting 101 and has invited several of his friends to join him. The boys are now 13 and very computer savvy. The camp leader always can challenge and engage as they skills grow. We moved across the country and the one request our son made was to come back the summer 2012 and go to the Miller Institute camp.
The Troubleshooting camp is perfect for pre-teens and teenagers. The activities include disabling something on a computer, and having another student figure out what is wrong. The kids are so inventive and have a great time tricking each other. I recommend a group of techie friends take this class together and use their brain power to out-do each other. While all the fun is going on, there is a tremendous amount of learning about computers, how they work, and how to problem solve. Priceless
Our son also enjoyed the robotics camps and his all time favorite was build a computer camp which is wants to do every summer - but he already has his computer. As a result of what he learned in the class, four years ago, he has since upgraded his computer and he helped a friend build a computer, and many friends upgrade their operating systems.
the MIller Institute camps leaders are very knowledgable with years and years of industry experience, they can adjust and change the class based on where the kids are at - which makes for an interesting and meaningful camp each time. It there is a wide range of skills, they pair the appropriate kids together and more seasoned kids help the newbies - which is very empowering for all.
As a parent I appreciate the integrity and values that are modeled and taught from turning off the computers, finishing projects, and making it fun. The camp leaders are inspirational and the kids respect them.
In addition, there is a value of community service which permeates the organization which influences the campers.
We will be returning to California for another week of the Miller Institute camp.
This is the 3rd summer my now 13 year old son has attended the Miller Institute Summer camp. My son loves the technical content and depth and highly respects the knowledge of the camp leaders. As a result, we donated funds to enable another child to attend the Miller Institute camp for the 2nd year in a row. This is why: In the computer troubleshooting camp, the kids were in teams, and asked to create several problem on the computer for another team to figure out - this could have gone forever and the kids loved every minute of it. Very creative. The kids also were ask to purposefully download a virus on a contained computer and see what happens and troubleshoot. What a great learning experience. The instructors are very knowledgable and excellent with all ages of kids. They have the presence of mind to ask the older kids to assist the younger kids - which is a non-technical and very meaningful learning experience for all. My son wants to take the camp again next summer. They also offer several levels of robotic classes which my son has enjoyed for two summers in a row. The kids work together on projects - so there is an added level to the learning. My sons all time favorite was to build a computer from scratch. He would take this class every year if he could. I highly recommend The Miller Institute. They offer financial aid scholarships. Plus they are nice people as they show great respect for each individual child and have strict boundaries on acceptable group behavior which benefits all.