Free for Teens – Learn State of the Art Technology!

September 19th, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 19, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Freshbrain.org

Age Range: 13-18

This non-profit website provides teens with free tools and training in the latest technologies including video games, robotics, music, web design, and more. Teens can explore activities and work on creating projects with others. Advisors are available to support and mentor teens in these creative processes that range from music videos to logo designs.

The Founder of Freschbrain.org, Dale Ferrario, observed that schools struggle to keep up with the latest technologies. He decided to help enhance the education and development of teens in the areas of business and technology by providing hands-on real world experiences focused on different areas that include:

  • Eco/Green
  • Gaming
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Robotics
  • Venture
  • Videos/Movies
  • Web
  • Development

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. Jump right in, or use the menu on the right side of the home page under the heading, “Explore What’s Inside.”

You’ll find fairly simple tasks whereby teens create something useful that can be completed in a few days to a few weeks. For example, under the area of “Graphics” you can create a simple stick figure animation.

You’ll also find more extensive projects that help teens take an idea and turn it into something substantial within weeks or months. It may be the work of one person or a team and “usually involves going through a systematic process to simulate real business scenarios where projects are justified through some quantifiable metrics, including preparing a business plan to building the final product.” For example, under the area of “Graphics” you can work on creating a 3D video game.

All of the materials, programs, and instructions are provided for free at the website. While there are no deadlines or rewards associated with the completion of activities and projects, there are contests and scholarships available for those who are interested.

As the website explains, “FreshBrain’s community is open and collaborative. Teens can share their opinions and experiences through discussions and chats. They can also create groups with familiar members, and enlist the help of others in the community.”

FreshBrain is committed to providing a safe environment for teens. They protect members’ personal information and take precautions when it comes to what can be displayed for public viewing. Learn more at the website.

This is a remarkable educational resource that helps teens learn to use state-of-the-art technology.

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