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How to find students interested in computers. Any clubs?

Original post made by Where Are They?, Downtown North, on Sep 25, 2008

My son complains that other students don't know as much about computers as he does. Jordan has no club and the computer room at lunch time has only gamers. How can he find others who are knowledgeable at computers? Does Paly have anything? Any mentorships at any companies around? I cannot understand why it is so difficult since we live in Silicon Valley.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:36 am

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Try the BSA, an underground organization in Palo Alto.


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Posted by yet another parent
a resident of Escondido School
on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:47 am

Also try the workshops at the Museum of American Heritage, MOAH, on Homer Ave. Web Link


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Have your son talk to the Jordan student council about starting a club.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2008 at 12:32 pm

As far as I know, the clubs have not started yet. Perhaps when they are announced there will be a club.

Otherwise, talk to the different computer savvy teachers. Sometimes a club that sounds as if it has nothing to do with something actually covers what a student might be looking for. These teachers are often on the ball and can advise what clubs might help.


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Posted by Dah!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2008 at 12:49 pm

"How can he find others who are knowledgeable at computers." On line of course!!!


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Posted by former Jordan parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm

By all means encourage your child to start a student club at school! Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Why wait around to see if someone else will start one?


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 25, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Start a club? Are computer geeks usually leaders?


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Posted by former Jordan parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm

You mean like...Steve Jobs?
Yep, there have always been computer clubs in this world, someone had to start them, why do you discourage a kid from doing this?
Or does everything have to be a big production?


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:14 pm

If I remember correctly, to start a club at Jordan you need interested members and a teacher sponsor - not a big production at all.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 26, 2008 at 2:16 am

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Time to put the arm on Google and HP to sponsor some clubs.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 26, 2008 at 9:45 am

Former Jordan parent:

"Yep, there have always been computer clubs in this world, someone had to start them, why do you discourage a kid from doing this?"

Then how come no one knows of any computer club for kids?



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Posted by former Jordan parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 26, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Well, there is a turnover of students at Jordan. It's not a static place. So if someone has a club it may not continue each and every year. We haven't been there for several years. It is up to each generation of students to voice interest for an activity like a computer club. I'm sure a student can visit the front office, speak with one of the counselors, and get a little helpful advice on starting a club.


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Posted by Where Are They?
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Former Jordan, are you saying there used to be a computer club when your kids were there? Is there a Paly club?


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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

It's club day at Paly today. All the clubs will be out at lunchtime recruiting. There is a list of clubs that students will bring home with them today.


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Posted by Where Are They?
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 27, 2008 at 9:08 am

What are the online chat groups that middle school kids are using in Palo Alto?


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Facebook seems to be the main one, most of them lie about their age to get to join.


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