MCALLEN, TEXAS (September 19, 2015) Border Kids Code is a proud partner in Mission EDC’s Code the Town that was recently recognized as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education, an effort by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Code the Town will be part of a national online catalog of over 200 programs throughout the country that invest in key education priorities in Hispanics. The announcement was made on September 15, 2015 at the onset of Hispanic Heritage Month by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more about the Initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog visitwww.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.
Code the town was launched in Fall 2014 through Mission EDC in partnership with Border Kids Code and Sylvan Learning to drive educational and economic progress in communities nationwide.
Border Kids Code was founded in 2014 with the mission to create young technologists in the Rio Grande Valley by instructing them on the fundamentals of Computer Science in a maker-based approach at learning. Our goal is to increase exposure in STEM related majors and careers in the primary and middle grades in the South Texas border region through direct teach and a professional learning model.
Congratulations Mission EDC, gracias for bringing us on as partners. Check out Code the Town at www.codethetown.com
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Border Kids Code is proud to launch their 2015 Club Code program at The McAllen Mini Maker Faire on August 1st with a coding extravaganza at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire. During the Faire, Border Kids Code will be challenging kids in 2nd-8th grades with project-based activities or challenges aimed at teaching kids technology in the areas of internet applications and computer science. Each challenge is self-paced, age appropriate, and a ton of fun! The challenges will be going on throughout the day of the Faire.
Border Kids Code has been serving the students and school districts of The Rio Grande Valley and is excited to launch their new Club Code challenges that are sure to get your child interested in computer science! “We’ve been giving professional development for teachers in the fundamentals of computer science and have had a ton of fun teaching kids the fundamentals of code at one of our camps but the schools and kids were wanting more. We were teasing them with two day camps and our new Club Code challenges will offer a year-long approach at fostering technology on school campuses. We are really excited for the McAllen Mini Faire and look forward to all the cool stuff our community kids will make,” said co-founder Marcos Silva.
Every child that will participate in the technology challenges at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire must bring a laptop or tablet device. Be sure to grab a spot for your child to participate in the technology challenges by registering them at www.borderkids.us. For more information on The McAllen Mini Maker Faire visit www.mcallenmakerfaire.com
Here at Border Kids we recently partnered with PSJA ISD to facilitate a professional learning opportunity for teachers that were eager to learn the fundamentals of code and then take their new skill-set into the classroom for awesome summer learning with kids. You see PSJA ISD is hosting coding camps this summer that will target the early grades in hope that students will fall in love with coding (which they will!) and begin creating awesome technology with their new talent taught by their very own teachers. At Border Kids we were super amped to create a custom curriculum for them that included everything they needed to execute the camps at several different sites in the PSJA area.
Our purpose here at Border Kids is to create huge waves of young computer scientists in the valley and the best way to do that is through professional learning. Instead of us always executing the camps and curriculums ourselves, why not share our knowledge, ideas, and curriculums with teachers so they could impact more kids, 450 through PSJA’s summer camps along!
Well the teachers loved the professional learning (they said so on their surveys!) and found it very friendly to understand and then deliver to their kids. We made sure to include activities that would get the kids out of their seats and learning the main concepts of computer science and then executing their new learning on the computer. Well, e cannot wait to see what their kids created at the summer camp. Let us know if you would like us to host professional learning at your campus or district- we now offer it in spanish!
Remember the movie, The Perfect Storm? It was based on a true story of the Andrea Gail and her crew heading out to the North Atlantic despite strong winds, huge waves, and hurricanes colliding to create “a storm that only happens once every hundred years.” Well, Code The Town is kinda like that, kinda.
Our captain (CAP), Alex Meade, is the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Center (EDC) who had this idea of giving 80,000 residents of the Rio Grande Valley the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of code. Mission EDC, Border Kids Code and Sylvan RGV all came on board and headed out to the unexplored waters of teaching code to kids, teens, and adults in the Mission, La Joya, and the Sharyland area. We took on the challenge together and Code the Town was born!
The concept was simple: give an opportunity to the community to learn the fundamentals of code, mostly using Code.org as the framework for instruction with the hopes of sparking creativity and making some awesome technology that could pour back into the economy and make the Rio Grande Valley awesome”er”. (Insert long-winded breathe here.) Kids were taught in their classrooms through Sylvan, teachers voluntarily came in on Saturday’s to learn how to teach their over 5,000 students the fundamentals of code through Border Kids Code, and Mission EDC taught adults to code too- the perfect storm.
Code the Town has sent waves of excitement throughout the Rio Grande Valley and some measurable disruption has occurred. The storm has just begun and the remnants it will leave behind is a border region brought up from aspirations to innovation.
For more information on Code the Town, visit www.codethetown.com . Follow Code The Town on Twitter @codethetown