High school students have started taking charge of their own computer science education. One of them, Zach Latta, an 18-year-old who was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2016, has helped to create Hack Club, a network of coding groups that have spread to 12 states and six countries so far. The purpose is to get students coding regardless of background or prior technical knowledge. A Hack Club starts like any robotics team or chess club, with most schools requiring a teacher sponsor to donate a classroom after school, generally twice a week for 90 minutes. Hack Club is creating a space for students to explore and learn in a way that focuses on making and building, which can draw in students who would otherwise be turned off by the intensiveness that programming classes normally require.
Whether users want to hone their quantitative skills or improve their knowledge of science and technology, the Brilliant app foriOS andAndroid devices creates inspiring, interactive learning experiences for children and adults alike. With free, curated weekly problems, they can gain timeless knowledge and apply their problem-solving skills.
CodeScty is an interactive learning experience designed to introduce young people to computational thinking and coding concepts through a cultural lens that they are familiar with. CodeScty’s tech-forward music education platform includes original hip-hopmusic, videos, and experiential learning activities to teach computer science principles and computational thinking to seventh- and eighth-grade students who are underrepresented in STE(A)M.
Registration for the 2021–2022 season is now open for all FIRST programs—preK–grade 12. Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to engineering and coding in an engaging, inclusive, and creative classroom or afterschool learning environment where students work collaboratively to solve an annual robotics challenge.