I’ve been volunteering at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center for more than a month, after recently graduating from Horace Mann High School. Over this period of time, I have helped to teach two classes for middle and high school students: Tech Remix and Gamers Gathering.
In Tech Remix, students have been learning about computer use through software and hardware. In the software section, the class has begun to learn about digital literacy, basic HTML, and web design. From the hardware side, students have been learning about internal computer parts and their function as well as repairing old, donated computers. Ultimately, the students then either keep them or donate them to those in need in Puerto Rico or other places.
In Gamers Gathering, we have been playing games, Xonotic and Invisigun for an in-class tournament and practice for regional tournaments, each with real prizes. The winners and participants in the in-class Xonotic tournament won a free copy of the video game Nuclear Throne; a free copy of the video game Sky Rogue; and a ticket to Comic Con. We expose the students to teamwork and skills useful in the digital and real worlds. Later in the year, we will also teach basics of game design!
Interacting, participating, and leading these classes is incredibly enjoyable, and it provides valuable experience in instructing and teaching. It also helps me feel a part of this community. I’m looking forward to continuing to volunteer here and will use the lessons I learn here throughout the rest of my life.
For more information on our Middle School tech and gaming classes or to volunteer, visit our SONYC Center Based Tween Program page.