[IAEP] Computer ClubHouse at the Boston Museum of Science

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Sun Aug 16 10:48:18 EDT 2009

This seems like a perfect fit!


On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:58 AM, Caroline
Meeks<caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
> http://www.computerclubhouse.org/
> The Computer Clubhouse is
> an international network of computer centers for youth.  Their "flagship" clubhouse is housed in the Museum of Science in Boston
> and they were kind enough to host us for two days this week.
> Keith has also mentioned that he would be able to host evening Geek
> meetups/hack sessions at the clubhouse.  I am copying OLPC Boston to see if
> there would be interest in moving from our meetup location from the coffee
> shop to this computer heaven in the coolest museum in Boston. :) (Sorry, I
> literately grew up at the Boston Museum of Science and the Berkeley Lawrence
> Hall of Science and just love science museums)
> Today we worked with 8 kids from Cambridge that had been coming to the
> clubhouse one day a week over the summer.
> The computer clubhouse provides professional level software for the kids to
> create with. Tens of thousands of dollars are spent on proprietary software
> and the kids do great things. Their favorite when I asked at the beginning
> of class seemed to be Garage Band.
> I asked these students if any of them had a computer at home.  They all did.
> In fact, some had a mac and a PC in their house.  I asked them if any of
> them had taken anything they had done at the clubhouse and continued to work
> on it at home. NONE of them had.
> The club
> houses are doing great things but the impact on the students lives and learning is limited to the time they are spending there.  One
> potential of Sugar on a Stick is to
> allow students to keep working and exploring beyond their few hours in computer paradise and have them not lose access
> when their program ends.
> Walter has met with the Auckland Clubhouse people and they were also
> interested in Sugar.  They might be a great partner.
> --
> Caroline Meeks
> Solution Grove
> Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
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