Ben Saxon Brings Tech Tutoring To Kids

Ben Saxon loves all things STEM. Ask him anything computer, microcontroller  or Arduino related. He admires Elon Musk — for all he’s accomplished, as well as his approach to problem-solving.

But the Staples High School freshman does not simply hole up in his room, surrounded by gadgets. He’s outgoing, articulate and active — on the varsity squash team, and a black belt in karate.

Ben also shares his STEM/tech passions. He wants others to hone the critical thinking skills so necessary for success in many fields.

Now they can. Ben created Simply Academic, a tutoring service specializing in math, robotics and coding. Clients range from age 6 to 14.

Ben Saxon with a youngster who takes Simply Academics’ robotics course twice a week. Check out the LEGO Mindstorms robot!

Sessions are held at the tech-friendly Westport Library. Ben and his fellow tutors bring all necessary components: robotics kits, math test prep and review sheets, coding material.

A free, initial consultation helps them plan lessons. “If you want to build a car, we do something different than if you want to program it,” Ben explains.

He and the other tutors — Tegh Singh and Ben Seideman — don’t simply give answers. They challenge their students, them, guide them, and help them find different paths to an answer — just like Elon Musk does.

Individual sessions are $40 an hour; small group sessions cost less. Fees include all materials. For more information, click here or call 203-291-9270.

4 responses to “Ben Saxon Brings Tech Tutoring To Kids

  1. So impressive, on so many levels. Dan, NEVER tire of your profiles of the next generation.

  2. I too find these types of profiles fascinating.

    Ben is certainly a lot more focused and ambitious than I was as a 9th-grader (at Coleytown Jr High); because I can tell you exactly what activity outside school was the center of my attention in the winter of that year: competing for the 8th-9th grade Westport Rec League championship with my teammates—classmates and friends—Brian Keane, Sandy Bodecker, Bubba Barton, Dave Jones, Mike Perkins, and Robby McClenathan.

    And I don’t think any of us had skills that would have come remotely close to generating the equivalent back then of $40 an hour—at least not on a regular basis (although Brian and a couple of the others were talented musicians who played in a band. But, even so, I don’t believe the band members were able to earn the kind of money Ben is making even factoring in inflation.)

    Brian, if you see this, were you making roughly $5.40 an hour—the equivalent of $40 an hour —individually with your band and/or possibly giving guitar lessons back in our Coleytown Jr High days? And, if so, how many opportunities did you have on a regular basis to generate income from your music activities?

  3. That should read Mike Perlis.

  4. High school freshman. $40 an hour.
    Holy Zuckerberg!