Starfire computational thinking
“In order to take advantage of what computation makes possible, we need to learn how to formulate and structure what we want the computer to do” - Steve Wolfram
Computational thinking (CT) is an approach to solving complex, open-ended problems, such as the spread of diseases, understanding climate change, and mapping the human genome, using the computing power of computers.
While computational thinking requires understanding the capabilities of computers, CT is not the same as programming or learning how to code. Rather, CT is a set of concepts, practices, and perspectives used by computer scientists to formulate questions with enough clarity, and in a systematic enough way, such that a computer could carry out the solution.
Computational thinking skills are relevant to many disciplines and careers and can be used to support problem-solving across all disciplines including the humanities, math, and science.
Starfire Teaching Methods and Curriculum
Starfire classes foster a growth mindset, grit, teamwork, and empathy in a fun, emotionally, intellectually safe and supportive learning environment. Starfire teachers’ inspire intellectual and personal growth in their students. The teachers love what they do and their passion is contagious.
What are the Starfire teacher-coaches' qualifications?
Starfire teacher-coaches are highly qualified math and engineering professionals and teachers with degrees from Stanford University, University of California and other excellent academic institutions.
Small Class Size
The Starfire Art & Design classes maintain a student to teacher ratio of eight students to one teacher with no more than 16 students per class.
Starfire Try a Class and Cancellation Policy
If you would like your child to try a Starfire class, please register and pay online. If you feel that Starfire is not the right fit, you may withdraw your student within the first two weeks of class.
A cancelation fee equal to the cost of two classes plus a $25 processing fee will be applied, and the balance of the registration fee will be refunded.
The cancellation fee applies to all eligible refunds. Cancellations made after the two week trial period are not eligible for a refund.
Starfire is able to offer a limited number of scholarships intended only for students with a financial need who would not otherwise be able to participate. If your family is able to pay for after school classes, please allow others to utilize the scholarships!