Brain Workout

If you have been following us, you already know we had a very busy summer building Lego structures and robots, underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles, Arduino Automated Cars, learning about electronics and soldering, and doing some serious coding while blasting amazing music in our one-of-a-kind speakers! The summer sessions were a complete success and the kids loved them. Check our Facebook page if you want to see more…

But not everything was sun and great projects. In my “free” time I read a couple of very interesting books, including one that talked about how to make the most out of your brain. It explained how to take care of it so that it will take care of you in your golden years.

There were many good suggestions based on hard-core research and new ground-breaking findings. The main idea was that if you eat well, sleep well, do aerobic exercise at least 3 times per week, have fun with friends, and keep challenging your brain with new concepts, you will have a healthy brain as you grow old.

So I started thinking – what does this mean for Kahoolal? How do we apply what I just learned this summer? Well, although I understand that our students are FAR from their golden years, I also think that their environment is way more corrosive to their brains, and it’s never too early to start good habits.

Luckily, I noticed that at Kahoolal we do a lot of the things they recommend in the book. While we certainly don’t have a saying in what the kids eat, or how much they watch TV or sleep, we do our part by providing a full work-out for their brain:

 We expose them to new, exciting things, to help the brain create new connections. Things they don’t get to see at school – or at home.
 We make sure we introduce a couple of new concepts every class to exercise their intellect. And we keep introducing them, until we know the synapse has created a memory.
 Then we play with their memories – each time a memory is recalled a connection in the brain is reactivated and strengthened, so we literally play with those new concepts to help them get stronger.
 We take the “anything but straight” road, because the more you involve different parts of your brain, the stronger your brain becomes. Trying to correct a Math problem that is wrong requires Math knowledge. Trying to figure out why a motor in an Arduino robot is not moving requires Math, but also spatial abilities, physics, mechanics, coding, soldering, and sometimes, just plain luck.

And yes, we know our material is not particularly easy to learn, but that’s exactly why the classes are so valuable. After all, when was the last time you enjoyed doing something easy?

This year we have a plethora of classes. Hopefully you will give your child the opportunity to try some of them:
1. Coding L100: Create interactive, media-rich projects, including games, animated stories, book reports, science projects and simulations. Anything is possible! Mondays at 4:00 P.M.
2. Coding L200: Intermediate students learn essential skills to write their own basic programs using a high-level language while building their computational thinking. Wednesdays at 4:00 P.M.
3. Coding L300: Advanced students build upon notions already explored and acquire more advanced CS concepts while still building their problem-solving skills. Mondays at 5:00 P.M.
4. Robotics L100: Beginners start their exposure to simple mechanisms and learn the basics of how to program and build Lego robots. Tuesdays at 4:00 P.M.
5. Robotics L200: Intermediate students will have an awesome time learning how to create their own robot that can solve a multitude of challenges. Tuesdays at 5:00 P.M.
6. Robotics L300: Advanced students design and program autonomous robots to complete missions and team activities. Wednesdays at 5:00 P.M.
7. Underwater Robotics: Building an underwater ROV provides the student with the opportunity to apply basic robotics, engineering, and science concepts in a real-life project. Perfect starting point to participate in underwater competitions. Thursdays at 4:00 P.M. Material fees apply.
8. Arduino & Electronics L100: With Arduino, building gadgets with embedded systems is easy. These tiny computers control functions in everything and learning how to use them is a fantastic opportunity for those who like to invent new things. Science fairs – look out! Thursdays at 5:00 P.M. Material fees apply.

Feel free to send me an email if you want more information:

And for those of you who are not yet close to their “golden years” but still have an inquisitive mind, I have been thinking of classes for Adults. Interested much? Shoot me an email at

Posted on: August 23, 2016, by : admin