Great news today where Billionaires step in to teach kids to code. Bill Gates and Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg will be teaching kids how to code this year. A great example of how important it is for even the richest people to give back and embrace tomorrows generation of engineers and entrepreneurs.
I am delighted to announce another positive initiative to teach kids how to code. This one is founded by 2 Entrepreneurs I know personally and have worked with in my technology career. The initiative is called CodeMontana.Org. Founded by entrepreneurs Greg Gianforte and Rob Irizarry, CodeMontana encourages high school students to learn computer programming and pursue computer science degrees in the state of Montana. The program is open to all high school students throughout Montana and there is no entrance fee.
Participants will compete for up to $10,000 worth of prizes, and enroll in online self learning computer courses that you can access at CodeMontana.Org. The goal of the program is to introduce 1,000 Montana students to computer science by enrolling online. I had the chance to catch up with the founders, and here are a couple of things they noted around the inspiration behind their non profit company.
“We are just not graduating enough computer scientists in Montana,” said Greg Gianforte. “Montana State University and University of Montana combined graduated just 37 students in computer science this past spring for an estimated 400 available jobs statewide. Starting salaries for computer science graduates in Montana range from $45K to $85K. That is a great Montana wage.”
“Montana’s opportunity to participate in the high tech economy is unlimited if we provide our young people with education in computer science,” said Rob Irizarry. The reality is that not enough high schools students are enrolling in computer science programs in college, so CodeMontana brings high school students from across the state to introduce them to the exciting and important world of computer software development.”
Great inspiration from two of the best entrepreneurs I know. Make sure you spread the word and follow this initiative.
Greg Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies and sold the company to technology giant Oracle. He is founder of Bozeman Technology Incubator. A company that helps Montana entrepreneurs.
Rob Irizarry has worked for over a decade at RightNow technologies, and founded Startup Bozeman. An online resource and community for Montana entrepreneurs.
Do you have a desire to teach your kids how to write computer software at the convenience of your own home? Staging Changes now introduces Live Virtual Training classes for parents who want to teach their kids how to code at the convenience of your own home. All that is required is a Computer, and Internet Access. We recommend a web cam for a more interactive and collaborative classroom experience with other kids.
How it works?
- Your kids use a Browser, to access video and a Web Conferencing experience that enables a virtual class environment.
- Signup on the StagingChanges.Org website.
- Details about your next class and instructions will be emailed to you.
What will your child learn?
- This class will teach your child how to build their own Raspberry Pi computer and tech your child the basic components to a computer including and not limited to installing an Operating system, Assembling the Circuit Board, Applying a Case, Connect it to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. Upon building the PC, your child will learn to boot the computer, connect to the internet and begin learning basic programming using the device.
- We will also introduce your child to Scratch (programming language). With Scratch, your child will learn to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. They will also learn the concepts of programming using Video Games, and Visual Animation.
- Upon completing their initial lab work and exercises, kids will then get to open up actual video games and modify the code and tailor it to their liking.
What is the cost?
- There is a small administrative fee of $30 once you have confirmed interest in the program. This goes towards continuing the program and software used to manage the training room.
How do I sign up?
If you think that your child will benefit from this course, Enroll Now by filling out the form below:
Google has decided to join the fun of developing coding tools for the Raspberry Pi with a new tool called Coder. With Coder, users can develop their own apps for the web and then host them on a miniature server located directly on the Raspberry Pi. The overall cost for the DIY programming project, using Google’s recommended materials, is under $50 — and all of the educational materials are free. Both students and trainers simply download information onto an SD card, plug it into the tiny computer, connect to a shared Wi-Fi and access Coder through Chrome. The whole process, according to the developers, takes just 10 minutes.
This brings some great news to the StagingChanges organization where we use Raspberry Pis to teach Scratch Programming. With these tools, we would be effectively able to teach Web Programming with out the cost of an additional hosting environment. We are certainly going to evaluate this in our curriculum. Check out the video below.
On August 31st, 2013 StagingChanges.Org held its very 1st Training Event to teach kids how to code. Below is a brief photo gallery of our Staging Changes training event in New York where we taught kids from ages 8 to 12. The event was a success and this 1st class is already asking for the next one. In our class, kids learned how to build a Microcredit card PC called the Raspberry Pi. Later in the day, they created their own cartoon animation using the Scratch Programming Language, and then applied what they learned to modify a video game.
Some of the students did it on their own Raspberry Pi credit card sized PCs in which they built. The course was a total of 2.5 hours, but all the kids stood coding for about 2 hours after that. This event was our 1st of many to come. Stay tuned for more coming in the month of November 2013. There will also be video footage. If you would like to sign up for our November 2013 training please sign up by visiting our Registration Page.
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