Facebook’s new TechPrep website is intended to empower more African American and Latino children to learn about computer programming and coding, and to encourage them to pursue careers in the tech field. Featuring resources in Spanish and English, the website assists students and their caregivers in the exploration of the IT field, describes types of IT professional activities, and details the competences of software developers. The TechPrep hub offers community events, books, and games to introduce parents and students to the IT world. Resources are available for every age group and skill level. To extend the program’s visibility into communities, Facebook has scheduled a roadshow in US cities that is due in the upcoming months.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, and now applying is easier than ever: first create an account (so you can be notified if you win); then provide your school information in the online form; and finally answer two simple questions. That’s it. You have applied for a chance to win a share of $3 million for your classroom!
The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) is an online tournament for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, coding, robotics, and technology career paths. CRCC enables teachers, schools, and districts to engage students with technology and develop STEM awareness while they compete in the gamelike competition.
Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.
Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.
Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.