The Arts and Technology Institute readies kids for the digital age by equipping them with multimedia skills during hands-on, project-based classes that encourage creative thinking. During the encouraging lessons, a highly qualified instructor shows children ages 6?15 how to program games to play on an Xbox or computer, navigate 3-D modeling software, and design and build robots they can swap in for younger siblings. Whether they?re making a movie or creating digital art, students learn to problem solve, work as a team, and think outside the box. In addition to regularly scheduled course, ATI invites youth into afterschool and homeschool programs, and welcomes older pupils into a continuing-education program that can supplement art and technology learning at the high-school and college levels.
Children have it so good at Kids ?R? Kids, they may not want to leave. Open to youngsters from six weeks to 12 years of age, the center strives to help its students develop wholly?cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. Kids ?R? Kids accomplishes just that with its various programs, each led by caring, highly qualified teachers instead of cold, emotionless holograms of Mr. Kotter. To the kids themselves, though, their instructors' accolades are often secondary. Tykes are typically too busy exploring the center?s outdoor playgrounds, developing new skills at interactive learning stations, and enjoying healthy, homemade meals cooked up in the cafeteria by an on-site chef.
By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
The University of Dallas Frisco Learning Center is a multi-use facility that offers professional development classes. Classrooms and meeting rooms are available for local businesses to host conferences, corporate meetings and professional or executive classes.
State-certified faculty create the curriculum at ML Solutions, which means it is designed to help children learn everything they need to know to do well at school and beyond. The camp targets this curriculum to children aged 5-10 or 11?16, teaching them the basics of multiplication, graphic design, keyboarding, and computer programming. All camps also include all necessary technology.
A lifelong poker player and theorist, founder and head instructor Sean Hansen knows that gambling doesn’t have to be a gamble at all. Big Slick Poker Academy helps students of all skill levels—from absolute novices to experts whose grandfathers were decks of cards—learn the logic and strategy behind one of the world’s favorite card games. The keystone Red Chip introductory course is designed for beginners and experienced players who want to fix holes in their game. Over four weeks, students learn valuable skills such as basic profitable strategy, bet sizing, reading tells, and no-limit theory. BSPA also leads seminars on topics such as starting hands and basic bet sizing, offers individual pre-coaching evaluations for advanced players, and shares bare-bones fundamentals during "The Fish Bowl," a free monthly round table discussion for absolute beginners.