"Baking may be regarded as a science,
but it's the chemistry
between the ingredients and the cook
that gives desserts life."
-- Anna Olsen
"Ditto for robotics."
-- Ms. Rosa
"Recipes don't make cookies.
Instructions don't make engineers."
-- Ms. Rosa
I want to take a minute to say thank you for checking out AI Light Up.
AI Light Up started as a passion project. My nine-year old boy wanted to learn how to build a robot and program computers, and I want him to learn the same way I did: by taking on purposefully engineered projects.
When I was young, I worked hard to save all my money to buy myself a DOS based 386 based computer. You'd turn on the thing and see a blinking cursor. If I wanted the computer to do anything, I had to write DOS liked code on a black and white screen. I suffered through lines and lines of mysterious commands, and sometimes, I'd get it to do a few cool things. I did it enough, and those seemed boring commands started to make more sense. I had some goals and projects which compelled me to keep going.
Similarly today, I prepared a lot of small projects to inspire my son to learn. They include mechanical, electrical, electronics and programming. Like piano lessons he takes, he learns how to play by playing other people's music before he could start composing his own songs one day.
Fast forward 4 years since leaving my cushy corporate job, I have helped my wife, Mrs. Rosa to establish and run a robotics academy successfully, and we have taught several thousands of young children robotics and Mindstorms EV3 coding. But I have always believed that there are more things BEYOND LEGO ENGINEERING that I can help to teach our children in our society.
What does AI Light Up do?
AI Light Up is a learning academy that teaches kids hardware, software and programming languages by holding after-school classes and spring, summer and winter camps. Young children and teens can learn real mechanical, electrical, electronics, hydraulics and coding with us, progressing through different projects in a logical order, week after week.
Why choose AI Light Up?
The hardest thing about teaching kids and teens how to complete a project including programming is keeping them interested long enough to work on them and learn. So in our deliberately designed projects, we will combine two things kids love - new stuff and physical building. Which kid doesn't love to have new toys, work on new things every week? Our weekly project will make them to learn more and more each week. Nowadays, every kid can learn coding, but not everyone knows how to complete a fairly sophisticated hardware and software integrated project, and that's where AI Light Up shines.
I know working on a hardware and software integrated project often sounds intimidating to a lot of parents trying to help their children, so I want to leave you with this: AI Light Up is just about making cool and useful stuff. And teaching kids to make stuff and seeing their eyes light up with joy are the most rewarding way I could imagine spending my time.
So thank you for your interest, support and excitement to send your children to AI Light Up. Let's work together to make our children to LIGHT UP AI!
Founder of AI Light Up