West Sound Academy is offering two after-school classes through the Technology Access Center during the Fall 2017 semester.  These classes are open to enrollment to all students in the Kitsap County community. To enroll in one or more of these sessions please complete the Technology Access Center Class Registration Form and email it to ebutler@westsoundacademy.org

Creative Computing

Creative Computing - Creativity
Creative Computing - Empowerment

Creative Computing - Computing

Creative computing is about creativity. Computer science and computing-related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values – emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests.

Creative computing is about empowerment. Many young people with access to computers participate as consumers, rather than designers or creators. Creative computing emphasizes the knowledge, practices, and fundamental literacies that young people need to create the types of dynamic and interactive computational media that they enjoy in their daily lives.

Creative computing is about computing. Engaging in the creation of computational artifacts prepares young people for more than careers as computer scientists or programmers. It supports young people’s development as computational thinkers – individuals who can draw on computational concepts, practices, and perspectives in all aspects of their lives, across disciplines and contexts.

Creative Computing-  3:30-4:30 p.m. / Mondays starting September 11, ending December 12
No class is held October 23.
Class Fee:   $130 for 13 sessions                                   Limit:  15 students

Instructor: Spencer Tryba

FIRST Tech Challenge


It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEAM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Teams also must design and market their team brand and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

FIRST Tech Challenge -  3:30-5:30 p.m. / Tuesdays ANDThursdays starting September 12 and ending December 14
No classes are held October 24, October 26 and November 23.
Class fee:   $250 for 25 sessions                  

Instructor: Spencer Tryba