MENSCH™ Computer Club Formation Information
MENSCH™ Computer Club provides a place for the introduction of cohort study regarding principles and practices that are the foundation of understanding how microprocessor technology and engineering support each other as well as how they work. At the heart of the MENSCH™ Computer Club initiative lies true understanding of what we know; a mode of thought that goes well beyond the standard division of software and hardware, and that provides a framework within each student the ability to reason about systems and problems. This mode of thinking and understanding is supported and complemented by substantial theoretical and practical knowledge applications which enlighten the participant.
MENSCH™ Computer Clubs goal is to provide practical subject matter promoting the ability for invention, resourcefulness and ultimately innovation. It prepares participants for the world that doesn’t yet exist, involving technologies that have not yet been invented, and that present technical and ethical challenges of which we are not yet aware.
Why create a MENSCH™ Computer Club:
MENSCH™ Computer Club embraces the fundamental understanding of “DISCIPLINES” which provide long-term value and longevity although the subject advances.
• Understanding for Success: The teaching of critical thinking is discussed, based on the view that methods of teaching critical thinking vary from discipline to discipline. After covering basic concepts related to teaching critical thinking, a framework to examine the process of critical thinking is presented, based on cognitive science and developmental theory for each module.
• A “discipline” is characterized by:
– A body of knowledge
– A set of techniques and methods
– A way of thinking and working
– Independence from specific technologies
Creating your MENSCH™ Computer Club
Keys to success with a MENSCH™ Computer Club cohort
• Group like-minded persons
• Geographically close (same campus, same university, same city)
• Passion/ interest for technology
• Readiness for knowledge sharing
• Expanding of social sphere about how microprocessor technology and engineering works
• Find a good space within your school for communication and gaining new understanding
• It’s about technology and engineering understanding so start with a basic presentation of your interests and intentions.
• Prepare presentation about interesting topic(s) for you and your cohort
• Find a facility for club within your school.
• Identify days of the week which MENSCH™ Computer Club will take place.
• Send out invitation to MENSCH™ Computer Club at your school
• Find out meeting days for MENSCH™ Computer Club at your school
• MENSCH™ Computer Club is best facilitated as an after school enrichment program. This maintains proper flexibility and separation from state and federal standards requirements.
• MENSCH™ Computer Club should meet not less than 1hr per meeting.
– Engage Cohort Participants
• Send out a notice through your school newsletter or by passing out flyers presenting MENSCH™ Computer Club and why it is important.
Engage Presenters/Module Developers
• Create a core of presenters/module developers by engaging applicable local companies, universities and colleges of engineering who are willing to help identify their module and how it applies to the presentation of disciplines related to technology and engineering.
Leadership needs of a MENSCH™ Computer Club success
• Identify MENSCH™ Computer coach for your school who will organize your club and its actives
– This can be your schools technology teacher or another qualified individual
• Get support from your school principle and/or school district
• Create a core team – people who are ready to present and to help with organizing modules
• Make meetings for planning. This helps you to:
– Create a strategy for your MENSCH™ Computer Club development
– Create Club module outline
– Discuss topics to present
– Solve other strategic and organizational questions
The meeting location should have the following:
• Desktop PC’s or Laptops which run windows
• Effective and reliable Internet via hardwire or wireless
• Projector and/or TV with remote capabilities
• Screen or white board
• Lab desk or equivalent areas
The size of room should be relevant for the audience.
Make sure that all participants can attend your meeting.
Engage Participants recommendations:
• Module Subject Fliers– Post fliers about MENSCH™ Computer Club and new modules around school
• Social Media– Post messages and more content in school, share you experience with your peers and work to make your MENSCH™ Computer Club all it can be.
Engage Presenters/Module Developers:
• Create a list of desirable presenters or module supporters from business and education leaders.
• Introduce presenter with the opportunity to participate and support a module within Xxcelr8r Club.
• Work with presenter to identify their value proposition for MENSCH™ Computer Club based on the concepts behind the importance of a MENSCH™ Computer Club.
• Engage engineering leaders from local universities or colleges of engineering.
• Presenters websites – Request presenters to post information about their module and participation on their website
Added value behind MENSCH™ Computer Club
• Promotion of understanding by gaining experience regarding disciplines behind Technologies and Engineering
• The modules align with standard classroom discussion and study groups
• It’s easier to learn together
• Give back to your community by increasing understanding and partnership development with local companies and educational entities.
• Work together in a community project (web app for a high school, local library, hospital, etc)