In April, the East Atlanta Kids Club (EAKC) participants completed a code.org Computer Science Fundamentals course. It was great to see some kids gravitate to coding, especially since most had not been exposed to coding before Nerd Ninjaz.
They learned computer science fundamental concepts such as algorithms, loops, events, etc. which gave the participants a platform to launch from. There will be designers and programmers out of this group because they now know they can code and they will only get better in the future.
They wrote a combined 7,400 lines of code in the 7 weeks we have been working together! I am so very proud of the young men and women of EAKC that persisted, collaborated, laughed, and through challenges. Hundreds of fist bumps, pats on the back, not so gentle nudges to complete a task, reminders that they can do it, check-ins, and smiles in the face of frustration made this journey worth it.
I reminded them recently what I said when we started in January “Learning to code is not hard, but I never said it would be easy.”. They laughed with many reminding me of the walls we went around, broke through, or climbed over. They all now say “I can code”! Let’s keep the momentum going to have 10,000 of Atlanta’s young people say “I Can Code!”.
William Teasley, Nerd Ninja Sensei, HGEI
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