Why I Love Teaching Computer Skills to Children.

One of the activities I do, is teaching computing skills to primary school children.  And I love it.  I get a lot of satisfaction out of it, and I get to help mould young minds.

The small blue circuit board is the Arduino

I have a passion for physical computing.  I enjoy working with credit card sized computers such as Arduino’s and Raspberry Pi’s to control the real world.  I’ve been interested in electronics since the 1970’s, which is a perfect partner for physical computing.  In the early 1980’s, I taught physical computing to children from a local school  in East London using nothing more than a home computer, some Lego, and a handful of electronic components.

Word soon spread, and I went on to teach teachers from schools all over the London Borough of Waltham Forest, so that they could then in turn, teach children in their own schools.  My work was used in an exhibition for local industry, which drew a lot of interest for businesses who were interested in factory automation.  I’m currently working on a project to create high quality wooden boxes, with an Arduino in control.  I’m expecting to turn out really nice quality jewellery boxes almost on auto pilot.

I’ve taught computer skills to senior local government officers who answered directly to central government ministers to accountants, and from head teachers up-to school administrators.  I’ve found teaching children the most challenging, and the most satisfying.  I do love a good challenge.

Since I was made redundant in 2004, I’ve explored business opportunities.  I’m well known in the industry for the software and ebooks that I’ve written, and more can be found out about this on my homepage.

Before I was made redundant, I worked for The London Borough of Waltham Forest for 24 years.  Nine of those years was as a Senior ICT Support Technician, and the previous fifteen years as a Senior Laboratory Technician.  I proudly call myself  a Geek.

If you want your child to get a head start in computing, then there’s no better way than an after school computer club run by ComputerXplorers.  Please get in touch with me, and I’ll point you in the right direction and help you find your local ComputerXplorers owner and get the ball rolling.