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Tech Know Academy is the afterschool technology immersion program designed to educate and empower its students in a fun learning environment

We need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the we way we do just about everything

- President Obama

About the Instructor
Alvin Desuasido is a local Belmont parent and experienced Information Technology executive with over 25 years of experience in computer programming, hardware/software and all forms of digital technology. Working his way up from an entry level developer to an IT Executive, his experiences have helped him develop a comprehensive understanding of all areas of technology. His broad expertise ranges from creating several successful business startups, e-commerce, database design, complex web applications, enterprise-wide systems, and developing globally ranked mobile apps for both Apple iOS and Android. As a member of the Computer Science Teachers of America (CSTA), he is combining his passion for teaching with his love of technology. His aim is to provide all his students with the strong foundation of technology that will help them succeed in their bright futures.

 

 

Address
1069 Alameda de las Pulgas (Carlmont Village – 2nd Floor)
Belmont, CA  94002
Phone
650-453-3402
Classroom/Studio Hours
Monday-Friday, 3PM-7PM

 

Don’t just buy a new video game, make one.

Don’t just download the latest app, help design it.

Don’t just play on your phone, program it.

Pres. Barack Obama

Jobs

Here are a list of current jobs available:

Instructor

Education Level: HS Graduate, preferably pursuing a degree in a Technology-related field

Description: Facilitate a small class group by:

  • Discussing a technology topic (Email,MS Office,Web,Programming)
  • Leading an activity
  • Reviewing and assist students with typing skills
  • Demonstrating and assisting in programming/coding activities

Hours: 10-15 hours/week:

Pay Rate: $15-20/hr. based on experience

Teaching Assistant

Min. Education Level: Currently in High School

Description: Assist instructors in teaching a small class group by:

  • Discussing a technology topic (Email,MS Office,Web,Programming)
  • Participating in an activity
  • Reviewing and assisting students with typing skills
  • Demonstrating and assisting in programming/coding activities

Hours: 10-15 hours/week:

Pay Rate: $10-15/hr. based on experience

 

Party Host

Min. Education Level: Currently in High School

Description: Be the host of an online multiplayer LAN party:

  • Lead games using games like Minecraft
  • Participating in an activity
  • Explore and research Minecraft worlds

Hours: 10-15 hours/week, including weekends:

Pay Rate: $10-15/hr. based on experience

 

To apply for any of these jobs, please send an e-mail to jobs@techknowacademy.com 

Hour of Code

Drop by Dec. 8-12 and see what all the hype is about #hourofcode

 

The Hour of Code is a global movement that is encouraging and promoting the benefits of technology curriculum in the classroom.

As part of the Hour of Code, we will be opening the Tech Know labs and studio to anyone who would like to try coding, as well as explore any other area of technology that you may be curious about.

This will be the perfect opportunity to try it out, ask questions, discover new interests, and get a better idea of how technology plays a role in our lives today.

If you are interested in the Hour of Code, please drop by our Carlmont Village Campus anytime from 3-6pm the week of December 8-12, 2014.

#HopeToSeeYouThere!

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Class Info

Our fun weekly 1-hour classes consist of a short lecture, a lab/activity, and facilitated individual programming (IPT).

Course Objective

Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to give your child a strong technological foundation and an understanding of how technology plays a role in our lives today, as well as in their future.

Class Format

Lecture

Each class will have a lecture covering one of the technological concepts in the curriculum, and how these concepts are applied in everyday life.  Lectures provide an interactive environment which your child can use to ask questions, express their views, and thoroughly understand the lesson presented.

Activities/Lab

Accompanying each lecture will be an activity/lab that incorporates the day’s lesson.  It’s one thing to hear about technology, but much more powerful when it’s actually put to use.  We believe in “Learn by Doing” and our proprietary activities are specifically designed to reinforce these lessons so that your child can immediately apply the concepts they just learned.

Individualized Programming Track (IPT)

Our IPT is a coding/programming curriculum that each child completes at their individual level and pace.  Your child will have access to a laptop of their own during class labs and our instructors will be there to guide them through each lesson, giving one-on-one assistance, as needed.

Individual Projects

Students will be expected to complete individual projects, based on level, that incorporates the lessons learned thus far.  Upon completion, they will conduct a presentation to the class.  As always, proper guidance will be administered by our instructors to facilitate the process, ensuring your child’s success.

Team Projects

During the latter half of the session, students work together in small groups to complete larger projects.  By working in a group environment, your child will gain concepts of teamwork, leadership, delegation of tasks, presentation skills and responsibility.

Classroom Environment

Class Size

To provide a more focused learning environment, our current class sizes range from 6-10 students per class, but may vary per class.

Age-Specific Curriculum

All our courses are taught with your child’s age in mind.  We believe that children learn best when they are interested and they are interested when they can relate to what’s being taught.

One Student, One Laptop

All students will have access to their own laptop during class/lab hours. This allows our students to learn at their own pace, utilize the most of lab time, and always addressing their needs on an individual basis.

All Things Technology

We have a wide range of state-of-the-art hardware and cutting edge software available to our students and are constantly adding new technology as it becomes available to give our students the resources to best understand the technology.  From smartphones and tablets for app development to a professional Digital SLR camera and green screen backdrop.

Curriculum Overview

Newbies (Grades 3-5)

$399 $245/quarter
  • Basic Computing (Internet Safety, Typing, Navigation,Email)
  • Office Suite
  • Hardware
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Multimedia (Photo,Audio,Video)
  • Web Development

Mid Level (Grades 6-8)

$399 $245/quarter
  • Basic Computing (Internet Safety, Typing, Navigation,Email)
  • Advanced Office Suite
  • Hardware & Networking
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Multimedia (Photo,Audio,Video)
  • Game Design & Development
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development

High Level (Grades 9-12)

$399 $245/quarter
  • Basic Computing (Internet Safety, Typing, Navigation,Email)
  • Office Suite
  • Hardware & Networking
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Multimedia (Photo,Audio,Video)
  • Game Design & Development
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • 3-D Printing

Schedule

Our current schedule offering for Fall Session starts on October 13, 2014 until December 19, 2014. Winter Session will start on January 5, 2015 and run until March 13, 2015.

All classes meet 1 day per week and the available days/times are as follows*:

  • Newbie Programmers (Grades 3-5)
  • Mid Level Programmers (Grades 6-8)
  • High Level Programmers (Grades 9-12)

Fall Session 2014 (10/6-12/19)

Newbies (Grades 3-5)65%
Mid Level (Grades 6-8)60%
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*Subject to change based on enrollment and availability

Winter Session 2015 (1/12-3/20)

Newbies (Grades 3-5)33%
Mid Level (Grades 6-8)33%
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6:00-7:00p

*Subject to change based on enrollment and availability

Spring Session 2015 (4/14-6/19)

Not yet open for enrollment.  Enrollment will be available on January 6, 2015.

Pricing

Tuition for Fall Session 2014 classes are as follows

Newbies (Grades 3-5)

$399 $245/quarter
  • 10 1-hour weekly classes
  • Access to Studio Open Hours
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Individual Project

Mid Level (Grades 6-8)

$399 $245/quarter
  • 10 1-hour weekly classes
  • Access to Studio Open Hours
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Individual Project
  • Team Project

High Level (Grades 9-12)

$399 $245/quarter
  • 10 1-hour weekly classes
  • Access to Studio Open Hours
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Individual Project
  • Team Project

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Sign Up

Register for after school classes using our form below.

Studio

Coming Soon!
The Tech Know Studio is a quiet, open workspace for our students.

The Studio will offer the following:

  • Adult Supervision
  • Open seating & desks, based on availability
  • 2 community iMacs that can be used in 30 min. intervals
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Whiteboard

In the studio, students can:

  • Complete IPT assignments
  • Work on school homework/assignments
  • Work on Team Projects with group partners

Camps

Tech Know offers camps during school breaks to provide continuous Technology Enrichment to our students.

To reinforce technology skills and extend their digital knowledge in both a half and full-day format.  During camp, your child will extend their knowledge and supplement what they already know in the areas of:

  • Basic Computing (Internet Safety, Typing, Navigation,Email)
  • Advanced Office Suite
  • Hardware & Networking
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Multimedia (Photo,Audio,Video)
  • Game Design & Development (using Minecraft)
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development

Winter Camps

  • Week of 12/22: 3 Days (Monday to Wednesday)
  • Week of 12/29: 4 Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
  • Week of 1/5: 5 Days (Monday to Friday)

Spring Break Camps 2015

  • Week of 3/30/2015
  • Week of 4/6/2015
  • Week of 4/13/2015

Summer Camps 2015

  • Schedule not yet released

Fall Camps 2015

  • Schedule not yet released

Parties

Come party with us at Tech Know and see how technology can be fun!

 Minecraft-SkinPackBirthday_Screenshot2 Minecraft Party

Join Steve and the Creepers as we go on a Minecraft adventure!  Simply select your Minecraft worlds to explore and leave the rest to us.  Our trained staff will lead your partygoers through expeditions,  missions, and creative cooperation in our connected Minecraft worlds.  Your child will have a blast discovering new worlds, working together with friends, and crafting secret items in their own Minecraft nirvana.

While the kids are playing, parents are welcome to follow along on the big screen, hang out in our Parent Lounge (free wi-fi and TV) or do some shopping/dining around Carlmont Village.

Once the 90-minute party is done, head over to Village Host Pizza, Hola’s, Coyote Cafe, Baskin Robbins, or Yoppi Yogurt where the kids can continue the party and talk about their awesome Minecraft Experience!

Prices start at $299 $199 ($100 off is for a Limited Time Only)

Standard Birthday Party

$299 $199
  • 1 Digital HD Party Picture with your Minecraft background
  • 60 minutes gameplay
  • Up to 8 simultaneous players
  • Explore up to 2 Minecraft worlds (Obstacle Courses, Missions, Construction, Star Wars, and more!)
  • Party host to facilitate game play

Deluxe Birthday Party

$349 $249
Includes everything in the standard birthday party plus

  • 90 minutes of gameplay
  • Up to 12 simultaneous players
  • Up to 3 Minecraft worlds to explore
  • Custom loading/saving of customer world to USB drive