Teaching Code to East Palo Alto Students

June 26, 2019

 

In the 21st century, the need for tech related workers is growing yet there are 

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a lack of people going into this industry, especially women and minorities. This is why it is important to increase awareness about technology from a young age when students are still curious and have opportunities to explore. Additionally, coding unlocks creativity, confidence, and problem solving skills. As Steve Jobs once said, “everybody in the country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Code is the new definition of literacy and an important aspect in our modern society as more jobs begin to shift towards technology.

 

However, not all students have access to opportunities to learn code, especially in underserved communities. I would like to teach young kids in East Palo Alto about technology so that they have the opportunity to learn an important topic they might not be able to learn otherwise. My goal is to create a curriculum that students are interested in to expose them to computer science concepts and to help them develop perseverance, teamwork, and creativity skills.

 

Costaño Elementary School is the school in East Palo alto I will be working with. Costaño focuses on helping students succeed in the 21st century. They emphasize teamwork, respect, integrity, responsibility, and perseverance. Students are given many learning opportunities that will empower them to reach their full potential and prepare them to be active contributors to society. Costaño’s mission is important as it educates kids in an underserved community in a helpful way that equips them for the future.

 

Helping spread the knowledge of code is important to me because it is a topic that I am passionate about. I have volunteered at coding camps, but I want to take on a challenge and create a bigger impact on my community. At the end of my journey, I hope to be able to have an outward mindset and help others learn about code. I hope that the students will develop problem-solving skills and be able to think about the world in a new and more educated way.

 

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