Kid friendly instructional materials needed

Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by AF7FQ, Aug 1, 2018.

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  1. AF7FQ

    AF7FQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello everyone. I will be starting a ham radio after school club in about a month and I am looking for a very young kid friendly course to teach that will help the students pass their technician exam. I have used the ARRL powerpoint presentation for the 2014-2018 question pool in the past with great success, but that was with older students. I will be working with 9-10 year olds. Does anybody know where I might find a high quality, prepackaged course for the new question pool, preferably in Powerpoint format? I have done the usual Google search and checked the ARRL website, but after over an hour of searching I've come up empty.
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  2. AB3TQ

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    My first reaction was that no matter what age you are, everybody studies exactly the same question pool. If there was an easier presentation of the material, there would be a lot of older "kids" using it too.

    Many have made it clear that for them all three exams are reasonably easy. Many do not share that opinion. But how would you present a reasonable size presentation that suddenly makes the presentation of material simple?

    I would present the regular information. Then I would let the kids point out what they do not understand. I would then pull alternate information out of my brain looking for something that helps to make it clearer to them.

    You have a 2x2 "A" call just like I do. You should have your own built up store of knowledge to draw on.
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  3. NM7G

    NM7G Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bingo! I totally agree.
    I belief that anyone (of any age), with reasonable intelligence, also must be motivated. I never tried to dumb-down radio information for children. If they will succeed as ham radio operators, there must be drive originating within them, which will stimulate questions. If they ask no questions, likely they aren't truly interested.

    Teaching to the pool does them no favor either. Yes, I know its common practice, but the practice has been a miserable failure in thousands of public schools.
  4. KN4LGM

    KN4LGM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi I'm eleven and I was able to Reed and understand the arrl tech book with no help and pass. Now i've also passed my general. If these kids are really interested they don't need a simple're study guide

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