Special: Creative Playtime 玩出天才 -- 儿童创造力启蒙教程

Start Time: 
01:30 PM
End Time: 
02:30 PM
TWHS Room 285


Are you expecting your kid to be a creative thinker? This class introduces critical concepts of computer-centric Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to young kids by creative playing.

Can the future leaders like Tony Hsieh (Zappo), Steve Chen (Youtube), Andrew Ng (Baidu), or Mark Zuckerberg grow up in Columbus, Ohio? The vision of this class is to incubate trailblazers of digital economy when they are still kids.

Young talents (age 5-6) will be challenged in this class to create original solutions, to expand critical thinking skills, and to solve real life problems utilizing computer science concepts previously only introduced in colleges, for instances, cryptography, object abstraction, and NP-hard algorithms.

Taught by a senior IT executive at the largest Children's Hospital in the United States, this class follows decades of research supported by the National Science Foundation on how to teach young kids computational thinking WITHOUT using computers, iPads or any screens. A family man and father of a 5-year old and a 3-year old, Professor Lin has more than 20 years of teaching experience at Duke University, Northwestern University, and the OSU.

Parent engagement is critical to the success of kids at this age. All students in this class are required to be accompanied by parent(s) in all sessions. Moreover, parents are expected to play at home with kids to finish the take-home projects. Parents, however, do not need to have any prior knowledge of computers or engineering.

To reinforce symbolic thinking of young kids, the class will be taught in Chinese. Maximum enrollment: 8 students.

Students need to purchase a robot (estimated cost: $60) from Amazon for this class.


Age: 5 to 6 years old

Language: can speak Chinese

10 sessions,one semester