What we do

At Tech Rocks, we offer the following services to build and develop the technical foundation of our students:

  • After school – weekly one hour classes offers technology, typing & coding to develop a strong technical foundation
  • Break/Week Camps – project/activity-based curriculum where students select tech activities of interest and complete deliverables
  • On-site classes – the same great curriculum that we offer at our classroom is now available at yours
  • Minecraft Birthday Parties – Creating unique gaming experiences along with skills of teamwork, cooperation, and fun.

Staff

Tech Rocks! is the afterschool technology immersion program designed to educate and empower its students in a fun learning environment

We need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the we way we do just about everything

– President Obama

About the Instructor
Alvin Desuasido is a local San Mateo parent and experienced Information Technology executive with over 25 years of experience in computer programming, hardware/software and all forms of digital technology. Working his way up from an entry level developer to an IT Executive, his experiences have helped him develop a comprehensive understanding of all areas of technology. His broad expertise ranges from creating several successful business startups, e-commerce, database design, complex web applications, enterprise-wide systems, and developing globally ranked mobile apps for both Apple iOS and Android. As a member of the Computer Science Teachers of America (CSTA), he is combining his passion for teaching with his love of technology. His aim is to provide all his students with the strong foundation of technology that will help them succeed in their bright futures.

 

 

People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true… If you don’t, any rational person would give up -Steve Jobs

 

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Address
4208 Olympic Avenue
San Mateo, CA  94403
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Phone
650-285-3610
Classroom/Studio Hours
Monday,Wednesday,Friday: 3:30pm-6:30pm
Minecraft Party Hours (By Appt. Only)
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-7:30pm

 

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Testimonials

See what parents and students have to say

After School

  • I took my 2nd Grade Brownie troop to Tech Rocks to earn their Computer Expert badge. It was fantastic – the BEST field trip experience the girls have had yet!

    Teacher Alvin put together a wonderful program and he addressed all sorts of tech apps and software, including a bit about internet safety that really got the girls thinking about being online.

    I HIGHLY recommend Tech Rocks!! Thank you Teacher Alvin!

    K.S.

    K.S.

  • Great program! My son really enjoyed it and can’t wait to do more!

    N.B.

    N.B.

  • Great place! My son loves the classes & Alvin (the teacher) is very knowledgeable, easy to work with & makes class engaging. We will be back for sure!!!

    T.K.

    T.K.

Camps

  • My son loved this camp! He had a great time and wants to go back.

    Debbi

    Debbi

  • My son generally doesn’t enjoy camps, but he really loved this one. This suited him well because he enjoys video games and the social atmosphere of the kids helping each other. I liked it because he learned skills that I wouldn’t normally try to have him learn, i.e typing and coding.

    S.Y.

    S.Y.

  • I really enjoyed going to the tech rocks camp this week! Even though I am new at helping out control little kids and keep them focus it was a great experience for me! Everyday we did something new and I discovered multiple things such as how to create my very own 3D game. I would totally recommend this camp to my friends who enjoy playing around with technology! I appreciate how much time and effort you have put for this camp Alvin! 😀

    B.C.

    B.C.

  • TechRocks is a good introduction to coding, typing and minecraft. My daughter had fun with the camp ~ thank you!

    Kathy

    Kathy

  • My son is 11 and he grew up on numerous camps during summer, winter, and spring. This was his most favorite camp so far. He not only had a fabulous time but learned a ton of new things related to programming. Excellent teacher, excellent group of children, and excellent structure of the week of learning. We will definitely be back!!!!

    T

    T

Birthday Parties

  • Tech Rocks! is the perfect place to have a minecraft party. To be honest I really didn’t know what minecraft was however Teacher Alvin did a great job keeping the kids focus and entertained. I would definitely return and recommend Tech Rocks! Minecraft parties to everyone.

    V.A.

    V.A.

  • Our son asked to have his 9th b/d party at TechRocks!  He and 10 of his friends had an amazing time at the Mindcraft themed party. The owner and staff were Super friendly, helpful, fun and accommodating with each of our invitees.  I could not believe how the kids enjoyed themselves for two long hours non-stop. I highly recommend TechRocks! and I would suggest choosing the longer duration party.  The kids will beg you for more time!!

    I.C.

    I.C.

  • We had a birthday party with 11 boys (3rd grade) at TechRocks yesterday. The boys had a blast! I had no idea gaming could be so interactive! TJ was our host/instructor and he was great. Always stayed calm and made sure everyone got their questions answered or helped when they were stuck. The kids thought it was EPIC!
    We went to Village Host Pizza with the gang for lunch. Overall a great event. I worked with Nicole to plan the party and she was very efficient too. She even made reservations at the Village Host (where you get 20% if you go there in combination with a TechRocks party).
    Would totally recommend this if you have a bunch of high energy kids for a party and don’t know how to keep them busy.

    A.D.

    A.D.

  • My child attended a Minecraft themed birthday party at Tech Rocks. I was pleasantly surprised to find a welcoming environment that encourages young tech enthusiasts.  Alvin, the owner, was very patient with a group of eager kids and made sure that their experience was not only fun but also educational.

    Because he is great with children, I see Alvin doing well with the students of his after school classes and summer programming camps.  Tech Rocks is definitely worth a look if you are thinking of getting your kids into coding.

    C.B.

    C.B.

  • We had a Minecraft party here last weekend. The kids had a blast! Alvin is very patient and made sure all kids had help if they needed it.  He is very knowledgeable in the world of Minecraft.  He was very accommodating with all aspects of our party and very helpful in setting everything up.

    A.R.

    A.R.

Don’t just buy a new video game, make one.

Don’t just download the latest app, help design it.

Don’t just play on your phone, program it.

Pres. Barack Obama

Jobs

Here are a list of current jobs available:

Instructor

Education Level: HS Graduate, preferably pursuing a degree in a Technology-related field

Description: Facilitate a small class group by:

  • Discussing a technology topic (Email,MS Office,Web,Programming)
  • Leading an activity
  • Reviewing and assist students with typing skills
  • Demonstrating and assisting in programming/coding activities

Hours: 10-15 hours/week:

Pay Rate: $15-20/hr. based on experience

Teaching Assistant

Min. Education Level: Currently in High School

Description: Assist instructors in teaching a small class group by:

  • Discussing a technology topic (Email,MS Office,Web,Programming)
  • Participating in an activity
  • Reviewing and assisting students with typing skills
  • Demonstrating and assisting in programming/coding activities

Hours: 10-15 hours/week:

Pay Rate: $10-15/hr. based on experience

 

Party Host

Min. Education Level: Currently in High School

Description: Be the host of an online multiplayer LAN party:

  • Lead games using games like Minecraft
  • Participating in an activity
  • Explore and research Minecraft worlds

Hours: 10-15 hours/week, including weekends:

Pay Rate: $10-15/hr. based on experience

 

Job Application

To apply for any of these jobs, please send an e-mail to jobs@techrocks.org or complete the form below:







Locations

Coming to a city near you!

We are currently located in two cities along the San Francisco Peninsula:

  • Belmont (2014; Moved to San Mateo)
  • Millbrae (Added June 2015 for Summer Camps)
  • San Mateo (Main Location. As Of December 2015)

We are continually looking to expand to other tech-friendly cities. Would you like to see a Tech Rocks in your neighborhood? at your school ? Drop us a note to let us know why your city/school should be next!







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4208 Olympic Avenue
130 Park Blvd
Phone
650-285-3610

Hour of Code

Drop by Dec. 7-11 and see what all the hype is about #hourofcode

 

The Hour of Code is a global movement that is encouraging and promoting the benefits of technology curriculum in the classroom.

As part of the Hour of Code, we will be opening the Tech Rocks lab and studio to anyone who would like to try coding, as well as explore any other area of technology that you may be curious about.

This will be the perfect opportunity to try it out, ask questions, discover new interests, and get a better idea of how technology plays a role in our lives today.

If you are interested in the Hour of Code, please drop by our San Mateo Campus anytime from 3-6pm the week of December 9-13, 2015.

#HopeToSeeYouThere!

Camps

Tech Rocks offers camps during school breaks to provide continuous Technology Enrichment to our students.

To reinforce technology skills and extend their digital knowledge in a full-day format.  Our camps provide a balanced approach of technology time and indoor play. During camp, your child will extend their knowledge and supplement what they already know in the areas of:

  • Basic Computing (Internet Safety, Typing, Navigation,Email)
  • Individual Programming Track (IPT)
  • Multimedia (Photo,Audio,Video)
  • Game Design & Development (using Minecraft)
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development

Typical Day:

AM

  • Typing Fundamentals & Typing Games
  • Morning Snack & Indoor Rec Time
  • Programming/Coding Puzzles & Games
  • Individual Project/Activity Time
  • Free Time: Network Gaming/Minecraft

LUNCH (to be brought in by students) & Indoor Active Play

PM

  • Typing Fundamentals & Typing Games
  • Afternoon Snack Break
  • Programming/Coding Puzzles & Games
  • Individual Project/Activity Time
  • Free Time: Network Gaming/Minecraft

Summer Break Camps 2016 (Jun 6 – Sep 2)

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Minecraft

Parties

Come party with us and see how Tech Rocks!

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Join Steve and the Creepers as we go on a Minecraft adventure!  Simply select your Minecraft worlds to explore and leave the rest to us.  Our trained staff will lead your partygoers through expeditions,  missions, and creative cooperation in our private, secure connected Minecraft worlds.  Your child will have a blast discovering new worlds, working together with friends, and crafting secret items in their own Minecraft nirvana. While the kids are playing, parents are welcome to hang out in the adjacent Party Lounge (free wi-fi) or do some shopping/dining around Olympic Village. There is also Mollie Stone’s with a Starbucks, Bel Mateo Bowl (with a bar), and more nearby. Once the Minecrafting is done, you can either use a portion of your time in our party room or use the full time for Minecraft and head over to nearby Round Table Pizza where the kids can continue the party and talk about their awesome Minecraft Experience!

Prices start at $299

Gold Birthday Party

$299

  • 90 minutes Total (Includes orientation and pictures)
  • Up to 8 simultaneous players
  • Explore up to 2 Minecraft worlds (Obstacle Courses, Missions, Hunger Games, Construction, Star Wars, and more!)
  • Fun Party Host to facilitate game play

Diamond Birthday Party

$349
Includes everything in the standard birthday party with these upgrades:

  • 2 hours Total (Includes orientation and pictures)
  • Up to 12 simultaneous players
  • Up to 3 Minecraft worlds to explore
  • Custom loading/saving of customer world to USB drive


Please complete this form if you are interested in having the ultimate Minecraft experience at Tech Rocks!

Note: If you have already booked a party and would like to update your info, please use this form instead.

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Open Play Fridays

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Come Minecraft with us on Friday Nights!

Does your child like Minecraft? Do you want to provide a safe and fun environment for them to play along other Minecrafters? Would mom & dad like to get some away time on a Friday night? Then our Minecraft Open Play is the perfect solution.

On select Fridays, we are opening up our labs from 6-9pm for a Minecraft buffet of blocks, swords, mobs, and much more! Your child will play in a wide selection of creative and survival worlds, go on missions, build intricate structures, battle intense creatures, and the list goes on.

Dinner is included and will consist of pizza and juice boxes. Should your child have any special dietary restrictions, you are welcome to bring in your own meal.

If you’re interested, please sign up today as space is extremely limited.

Register Today!

Open Play Dates

Register Today!

 Note: A minimum number of 6 players is required to conduct the Open Play Friday. If there is not enough players by the Wednesday before, we will notify registered players of the cancellation and refund all paid participants.

Class Info

Our fun weekly 1-hour classes consist of typing and a facilitated individual programming track (IPT) specific to each student.

Course Objective

Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to give your child a strong technological foundation and an understanding of how technology plays a role in our lives today, as well as in their future.

Class Format

Typing

One of today’s key skills that will make your child more successful is commonly overlooked. With our acclaimed software, students learn through interactive drills, and have a great time playing our typing games. Behind all that fun, they are building their typing skills with every session. Our goal is to have them touch type, typing each letter with the proper finger and not have to look at the keyboard.

Individualized Programming Track (IPT)

Our IPT is a coding/programming curriculum that each child completes at their individual level and pace.  Your child will have access to a laptop of their own during class labs and our instructors will be there to guide them through each lesson, giving one-on-one assistance, as needed. Our IPT starts with a visual interface language (Blockly) to develop their awareness of basic programming concepts. As they progress, we introduce traditional programming languages like Javascript, Python, HTML, and more!

Classroom Environment

Class Size

To provide a more focused learning environment, our current class sizes range from 6-10 students per class, but may vary per class.

Age-Specific Curriculum

All our courses are taught with your child’s age in mind.  We believe that children learn best when they are interested and they are interested when they can relate to what’s being taught.

One Student, One Laptop

All students will have access to their own laptop during class/lab hours. This allows our students to learn at their own pace, utilize the most of lab time, and always addressing their needs on an individual basis.

All Things Technology

We have a wide range of state-of-the-art hardware and cutting edge software available to our students and are constantly adding new technology as it becomes available to give our students the resources to best understand the technology.  From smartphones and tablets for app development to a professional Digital SLR camera and green screen backdrop.

Schedule

We now offer monthly classes that your child can start at any time!

Convenient Weekly Classes

Start learning anytime! Just select what day of the week works best with your schedule

Flex-time Scheduling

We’re doing away with set times! Parents can now coordinate to find the best time that works from them between 3:30pm-6:00pm.

Easy monthly pricing

Simplified billing for your convenience

Fall Session 2015

All students learn 1 day per week within the available days/times are as follows*:

Mondays35%
Wednesdays80%
Fridays65%
M T W Th F
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*Subject to change based on enrollment and availability

Pricing

Tuition for our after school classes are as follows

Special Promotion Price!

$145/mo.

$95/mo.

Limited Time Only.  Enroll Today!

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Enroll

Register for after school classes using our form below.

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Studio

The Tech Rocks Studio is a quiet, open workspace for our students to use before/after their class.

The Studio will offer the following:

  • Independent Study
  • Open seating & desks, based on availability
  • 2 community iMacs that can be used in 30 min. intervals, based on demand
  • 6 laptops loaded with development software
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Whiteboard
  • Color Printer/Scanner/Copier

In the studio, students can:

  • Advance in their IPT assignments
  • Work on school homework/assignments
  • Work on Team Projects with group partners
  • Get assistance from staff on-hand

On-Site

Let us come to your location to show kids Tech Rocks!

Tech Rocks also offers its technology classes on-site at your location.  This is perfect for local schools, PTAs, and Parks & Rec departments that would like to offer a technology curriculum but may not have the necessary resources.  Now, you can easily provide these in-demand classes to your students.

  • Flexible Availability – Classes can be scheduled during school hours or after school
  • Tech Hardware – We can leverage your facility’s computer labs, or provide our own laptops for class use
  • Enrollment Management – We handle the online registration for classes
  • Online Curriculum – Students can do additional work outside of class time

Here is list of our most popular on-site courses:

> Minecraft Makers (Grades 3-8)
Students will learn how to create their own custom items in Minecraft and learn graphic design, basic computer skills, and Java code along the way.  At Tech Rocks, we believe in leveraging kids’ passions & interests to teach them technology.  At the end of the sessions, kids will take home a “mod” that can be installed on Minecraft for PC/Mac.

> Minecraft Studio (Grades 3-8)
Your kids see Minecraft videos all the time on YouTube.  Now, they can discover how to create their own 3-D Animated video starring the characters they know and love: Steve, Creepers, Zombies.  Oh My!  At the end of the course, students will take home a digital video that they directed themselves and upload to begin their YouTube stardom.

> Typing & Basic Computer Proficiency (Grades 2-8)
With personalized progress tracking, efficient touch typing drills, customized color keyboards and fun games, students will gain proficiency of this essential life skill and not even realize how much they’re learning!  With a balance of learning and fun, students will become proficient typists at the end of this course, with  most students being able to type without looking.  Along with typing, students will also learn computing basis: File/Folder management, Menu Navigation, Mouse basics, Drag & Drop, Cut/Copy/Paste, etc.  By strengthening this basic foundation, we help our students navigate the computer with ease.

> Technology Overview: Tech, Typing, & Coding (Grades 2-8)
Students will be presented with current technology topics like: Internet Safety, Cyberbullying, Office, Cloud Computing, E-mail, Future trends, and much more.  Integrated along with these engaging topics will be typing skills, as well as an Individualized Programming Track that allows each student to learn coding at their own pace and have fun while doing it.

> Web Development & App Design (Grades 6-8)
In a project/activity-based curriculum, students will create a site that they can get into.  They will create a website with their own ideas and  interests and learn HTML, CSS, graphic design and much more along the way.  These skills blend well with the basic design for mobile apps.  Students will also be exposed to understanding these mobile app concepts and get the skills to build basic apps.

To inquire about arranging a Tech Rocks class at your location, please complete our inquiry form to the right.








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