Systems Analyst Griffin Cheng has relocated from Hong Kong to Manchester to set up a technology education business, ComputerXplorers, that inspires children aged three to 13 to develop new skills while having fun.
With a Computer Science Degree and a Masters in Information Management, Griffin has spent more than 20 years developing complex IT systems. But now, as father to eight-year-old Alexis, he has a passion for technology education and the potential it can unlock for children, during their school years and beyond.
Griffin’s research revealed that the UK education system’s focus on computer skills is world-class, and made the decision to move here with his family. He opted to set up a business under the ComputerXplorers brand because it has a well-established, proven curriculum strategically designed to complement the national curriculum of English schools.
In addition to coding and programming, ComputerXplorers lessons focus on aspects of technology that support wider areas of learning. These include 3D modelling, which can improve spatial awareness and scientific thinking, as well as robotics, and creative topics such as animation. Griffin says the depth and breadth of the offering, combined with a strong focus on fun, makes it a winner with schools, parents and children alike.
“Any parent can tell you that children learn best when they’re interested in something and enjoying themselves,” he explains. “Once they master a skill, they want to try it out and improve it, pushing themselves to make progress and then try new things. Technology is such an important aspect of our world today, and children that grow up with the confidence to use it creatively will have a major advantage throughout their lives.”
ComputerXplorers provides specialist computing lessons and clubs in primary schools, nurseries and other settings such as holiday clubs. They are run by fully trained, DBS-checked teachers that are enthused by technology and love passing this on to the children they work with. Griffin is currently recruiting more teachers for his team in Manchester.
For further information on ComputerXplorers Manchester, visit: http://manchester.computerxplorers.co.uk