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.
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.