Randy Jamison, the owner and founder of the world-class interactive software development company Curious Media, teams up with PCS Edventures Co-CEO Robert Grover to discuss the future of computer programming in an upcoming webinar. Jamison will talk about the skills he looks for in coders, and what it takes to be successful in the programming industry. In addition Grover will talk about the nationwide movement to encourage more computer science and coding classes offered in classrooms. Both Mr. Jamison and Mr. Grover will explore the type of results that can be achieved by engaging students in computer science topics at an early age. For example in 1987, Randy was Robert’s very first student at PCS Edventures, where he initially explored computer programming.
Randy and Robert’s long-time experience shows that using the right approach with students can have a huge impact on their future. Randy’s educational experiences at PCS Edventures were formative in his development and he is currently running an extremely successful company that focuses on computer coding and design skills. In true full circle fashion, Curious Media and PCS Edventures are partners and Curious Media builds and supports software used in PCS robotics and engineering products. Curious Media recently produced the easy-to-use, drag-and-drop programming environment known as the Cortex that controls the friendly PCS robot called RiQ. In addition, they produced an engaging, interactive building platform to encourage engineering skills known as the 3DIC (3D Interactive Curriculum). Join us for this discussion about the future of programming and its importance in education, and experience a testimony of how early computer programming training impacted one man's future!
About Randy Jamison
Randy Jamison is a successful entrepreneur, creative thinker, artist and musician. Randy’s experience with computer coding began in 1987 when he enrolled as one of the first PCS Edventures students in Nampa, Idaho. Despite only attending college briefly, his love of design and computer programming flourished, as he became the Lead Flash Developer, Art Director and Producer at Wirestone, a digital marketing agency. In 2004 he founded Curious Media, which specializes in game development for kids. The interactive agency is made up of about 30 employees and has created content for well known clients including: Disney, Mattel, Hasbro, Warner Brothers, PBS Kids, Scholastic, Random House, Houghton Macmillan Harcourt and many others. In addition to Curious Media’s variety of successful projects, it has also partnered with PCS to develop robotics and engineering software used in modern-day, hands-on learning. As a PCS Edventures alum, Randy Jamison enjoys working on collaborative projects and enrolls both of his daughters in their after-school program to continue the PCS Edventures legacy.
About Robert Grover
Mr. Grover has spent the last two decades with PCS working in the field of education designing, developing, and creating learning programs and services intended to facilitate student-centered, experiential learning. PCS programs are now deployed in over 7,000 sites in all 50 United States and 13 countries, bringing hands-on, engaging activities to students in public and private schools, science centers, and after-school programs. Mr. Grover has extensive experience in STEM education and has worked closely with a variety of organizations to design, implement, and study successful, hands-on STEM programs including the United States Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the YMCA, the US Army, the US Air Force, NASA, Boise State University, Idaho State University, SECME, and many others.
A Merit Scholar, Mr. Grover attended Michigan State University for course work in Astrophysics, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Religious Studies; he attended the University of Idaho for additional coursework in History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy; and graduated with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing and an A.A.S in Management from Boise State University in 1988.