Educational Technology

March 27, 2012

Coding bootcamp teaches students to program robots

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Francie Diep, MSNBC

The new nonprofit CodeNow whisks underserved high school students away for a weekend… to learn to code. By Day 2, the students are using Lego Mindstorm, a Lego robotics kit, to program their own robots. Keep in mind that some of these kids don’t have access to the Internet or even to a computer at home, though all are computer literate, CodeNow founder Ryan Seashore said. The students qualify for the program by applying, and the Washington, D.C.-based CodeNow’s team looks especially for girls and kids who receive free or reduced-price lunches, because they’re underrepresented in technology jobs today. There are several programs that provide underserved students with free tutoring in reading and math. After their first weekend, CodeNow students learn more through an online course.

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