I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
Chess Club, Lego Robotics and Tutoring Club for Kids:
Location: Ironfire 17434 Bellflower Blvd Ste 200 Bellflower, CA 90706
Ironfire building entrance is located in the parking area at the back of the building, picture provided. Building entrance and parking area is on Ramona St and Bellflower Blvd.
Downey Chess Club, Lego Robotics and Tutoring Club (group sessions) Bellflower location is closed.
Will be back for the 2024 Summer. Please look out for the notice by visiting this website or the Instagram page.
Coming soon: Chess and Lego Robotics Birthday Party Events!
Private tutoring available for students who have the potential to become Chess Masters. Please note: This is only available for advanced students who are interested in competition chess.
Private/Public Schools, Libraries and Special Events: We value education and place priority to any private/public school, libraries and special events interested in our after-school programs.
Downey Chess Club, LLC mission: to provide after school enrichment programs for all students (grades K to 8th) that combines attention to detail analysis, strategy, tactics, problem solving, innovative thinking and leadership training in order to prepare them for the future and allow them to reach their full potential.
Chess Club Program Description: Chess teaches our students to become Leaders, that govern their destiny through decision making and strategic planning, learning while having Fun. Chess is also a gateway to STEM education. Chess teaches critical & abstract thinking, problem solving, planning and analysis. It improves the ability to concentrate and teaches the value of good sportsmanship. Mastering strategic thinking through the Martial Arts of the Mind.
LEGO Robotics Club Program Description:Our LEGO robotics club building & coding program helps students learn the fundamentals of STEM education and 21 century skills needed to become the digital future leaders of tomorrow. This LEGO robotics club also helps elementary students prepare for middle school and high school VEX robotics programs. This club is a testament to the fact that learning can be fun, engaging and highly productive. It's about that first joyful moment when a child sees their LEGO creation move for the first time, the development of new skills, the formation of friendships and the celebration of teamwork.
Tutoring Club Program Description: This program provides homework assistance and extra help on school subjects like English, reading, math, science, Spanish and essay writing. This club is designed to establish a successful study routine and build good study habits for students grades K to 8th. We start with the basics for all students and help them grow mentally by learning to think critically, analyze, express ideas and apply a structure to their creative and intellectual concept within their school papers, assignments, and projects.
Click on the video clips to see:
Lego Boost engine with pistons and crankshaft
Chess Club at the 2023 STEM festival in Los Angeles
Lego Boost table edge follower robot
Mindstorms drawing robot
Distance sensor bot
Two Lego robots from Mindstorms Robot Inventor Blast 1 and Blast 2.
STEAM Science: weights and balance. Lego figure rolls on tightrope without falling over.
USC Chess 1
Table edge detector robot.
Happy walking robot.
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Above pictures of the chess club for kids at the Downey Library.
Below pictures of the Lego Robotics Club at a private school in Pico Rivera and the Chess and Robotics Club meeting room at the IronFire building in Bellflower.
Above picture of twin girls playing the analytical game of chess. “Chess teaches foresight by having to plan ahead, vigilance by having to keep watch over the whole chess board, caution by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves and finally we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life. That even when everything seems to be going badly for us, we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.” ---Benjamin Franklin
Above pictures of our School Program Leader Ms. Soto and our Director Mr. Jimenez and Sons.