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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!

Why Wait? Develop Your Software Engineering Skills Now!

Club Engineer introduce and develop robotics and game programming to tech-savvy kids, teens and young adults.

The path to becoming a great Engineer does not start at age 19 when entering university, it starts at age 4 with blocks, wood scraps and Lego!

For kids and teens with a passion for building and inventing, it can be tough getting started - that's why Peter Hinrichsen and Club Engineer come in - they are there to help.

All Club Engineer courses are available as free, online lessons. They also run after school and holiday programs for students from age ten to late teens and are perfectly suited to cater to the needs of home educating students.

There are two streams to choose from: 

  • Build and program robots: The Lego Mindstorms NXT is simple enough for a ten year old to build a dancing robot, but advanced enough for an adult to build a robot that will solve a Rubick's cube. Mindstorms is a wonderful engineering prototyping tool for all ages, with imagination, and knowing the basics there is not much you can't do. The problem is learning the basics...
  • Write your own computer games: Playing computer games is OK, but writing your own game to play, then distributing it to your friends is so much more fun. Pascal is available as both free and commercial tools and different version have been used in amazing systems for decades, for example, Skype was originally written in Pascal. In these courses we learn the basics of programming using a commercial language by coding programs like simple game or screen saver. This languages is tough - but once mastered, there is little limit to what can be achieved.

Club Engineer was the idea of Peter Hinrichsen back in 2008 when he worked with a group of four children preparing them to enter the Robocup Junior competition. Peter's interest in the education of children combines with his extensive manufacturing engineering, software development and ceramics experiences to bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to Club Engineer.

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