A big tent for teaching tech


Last Saturday’s Hive Toronto HackJam confirmed something for me: one of Mozilla’s biggest opportunities is building a big tent for people teaching web making. This includes teaching things like Hackasaurus and PopcornMaker that we’re building. But it also includes people teaching Scratch, Ruby, Python and even hardware tinkering. We’re all trying to build the same ethos and teach many of the same skills.

Photo by Jon Lim

Similar to the Hive Tokyo Pop-up, Toronto had a mix of Mozilla and non-Mozilla stations kids could take part in. Hackasaurus and PopcornMaker from the Mozilla side. Scratch, paper-prototyping, Python and PlayLab. We had 50+ kids, 40 parents and 25 volunteers gathered together for 3 hours at the Toronto MozSpace.

As with the Scratch + Hackasaurus mash-up in Tokyo, Toronto saw good collaboration and reinforcement amongst the different groups teaching. Some kids moved easily between the diverse stations…

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