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Introducing JAM online courses for kids

JAM courses were created to help kids get skills they can’t get in school, and allow them to learn what they love (and love what they learn). JAM provides hundreds of hours of good screen time for for kids, and it’s zero work for parents.

Last summer we introduced DIY Camps and they were a huge hit. This year, we made the program even better and we’re giving it a new name – JAM.

These courses were created to help kids get skills they can’t get in school, and allow them to learn what they love (and love what they learn). JAM provides hundreds of hours of good screen time for for kids, and it’s zero work for parents. Courses are self-paced and work year-round during summer and even when they’re back in school.

Best of all, it’s a safe and private way for your kids to be online. JAM courses are designed by some of the most inspiring experts in their fields and all course activity is monitored by trained mentors.

Sign-up for our waitlist for a chance to claim a first spot in our courses!

 

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We’re starting with five courses. Choose one below to explore or visit jam.com to see the whole catalog. Once you claim a spot, we’ll send you more details about when they’ll be ready. By the way, space is limited, but it’s OK to claim one spot for each of your kids.

Many thanks for your continued support, we couldn’t have done this without you!

Jobs That Rule: Lauren May

Meet Lauren May, a professional illustrator and JAM mentor. We asked her a few questions about what it’s like to be an illustrator, her typical day, and the tools of the trade.

In this series, we’re shedding light on what it’s like to work in some of the most creative professions. Meet Lauren May, a professional illustrator and JAM mentor. We asked her a few questions about what it’s like to be an illustrator, her typical day, and the tools of the trade.

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We asked kids, “What do you dream of doing?”

Last year, we sent out surveys and questionnaires to both parents and members who took part in DIY Camps. We loved hearing your insights about features you’d like to see and courses you’re most excited about and are happy to say that we’ve been working hard this year to deliver that promise.

We’re proud to say that the way we approach learning and education at JAM is largely due to the feedback we get from both parents and kids.  Last year, we sent out surveys and questionnaires to both parents and members who took part in DIY Camps.  We loved hearing your insights about features you’d like to see and courses you’re most excited about and are happy to say that we’ve been working hard this year to deliver that promise.

In this segment we asked kids the age-old question, “What do you dream of doing?”  Here are some of the most popular answers, as well as hints into this year’s course offerings 😉

“I want to be an actor, I want to finish my novel, and publish it, and act in the movie made of it. I’d like to be a DJ, and 80’s singer.” – 14 years old

“To be quite honest, a dream of mine is to be an engineer of some type when I’m older. I want to be able to work on some super awesome, and inventive stuff. I want to be able to push the boundaries and make something that could help shape the future.

I know it sounds really cheesy and all, but I’d love to be able just to build and learn about a bunch of scientific stuff everyday.” – 14 years old

“I want to become somewhat know for my drawing when I’m older. And my jobs I would like to be a marine biologist, someone that helps animals, wildlife photogropher, work at Cartoon Network, illistrate” – 12 years old

“My goal is to become a storyboard artist for an animation company. I would also like to compose my own music, learn several instruments, and love what I do.”- 14 years old

“Become a world wide famous singer and actor be a role model be the best school leader i can be. Thats a few things on my bucket list.” – 11 years old

“I want to be a fantasy author and have a gaming YouTube channel. maybe set a world record for most books read before the age of 20 or something like that.” – 11 years old

A big thank you to all of the kids and members who made this year’s course offerings possible. We’re almost ready to launch, stay tuned!

A first look at our new JAM course: Become a Pro Chef 👀

Summer 2016 is rolling around, just in time for our new line-up of online courses. Here’s a sneak peak before the big launch.

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Casey Engelman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is a chef in Chicago. In her course, Jammers cook their own menu of appetizers, main dishes and desserts – everything they needs to open a pop-up restaurant at home.

See Casey’s JAM course

 

5 Introductory Tools to Programming #CoolTools

Have you been toying with the idea of learning how to program but don’t know how to get started?  Check out these introductory tools to help you begin to think like a programmer. Figure out how a computer works, instruct computers to performs tasks, create your first game, and more.

scratchacat

Scratch: One of the easiest ways to get started with programming is to remix someone else’s already existing program. Remix a project using this free programming language called Scratch. You can build games, animations, music videos, and more.

minecraft

Minecraft: Use blocks to build just about anything you can imagine in a virtual world. Discover engineering concepts, architecture, mathematics, as well as critical thinking skills and teamwork.

gamedev

Develop a Game: Game Devs create the code, art, and sound that make a video game playable. They make interactive experiences! Get started on creating your first game with these helpful tools.

remix

Remix a Website: Never seen the insides of a website? Use Hackasaurus to hack your favorite website to have it look and do whatever you want!

server

Run a Node.js Server: Backend Devs write scripts for servers which communicate with the apps and websites we all use. We’re the masters of fast responses and requests. With Node.js, you can mimic the back and forth request/response your browser sends to servers when you visit a website. Set up your first development environment.