The CLETeenHack – Coding for Community: Civic Engagement was a 9-week programming cooperative event for greater Cleveland area high school students that began on March 16th and ended in an awards ceremony on May 6th . Seven teams from five different area high schools created different parts of an app, then combined them to create one comprehensive app. The CLETeenVote (https://teenvote.herokuapp.com/) application engages teens in the upcoming 2016 Presidential election by providing summaries of political issues, summary profiles of the candidates, and information about voting opportunities and locations for those teens 18 years or older.
Today, I am half way through my cohort and have the confidence and skills to already interview for jobs and internships. Yes, in three months I am ready to go out there and show these companies what I've got! Sure, I don't know everything, but the instructors at We Can Code IT are teaching me exactly what I need to know to be a valuable asset right now. I've shadowed four Software Engineers in the past month and everything they did was right in line with my training. It's just perfect . . .
Estimating Relative Effort: A Scrum Team Exercise Thanks to Tomasz de Jastrzebiec Wykowski for this idea. Estimating relative effort can be more complex than it looks. In this exercise, you will work with your teammates to explore estimating the effort it would take to throw different objects. Gather a Scrum team (6 +/- 3 people), and get ready to play planning poker in order to estimate based on the following: “Given a series of objects, each object must be thrown and must fly at least 3 feet.”
WE CAN CODE IT FINDS NEW HEADQUARTERS AT SHAKER LAUNCHHOUSE The coworking space will be home to offices, classroom and event space Cleveland, OH — June 8, 2015 — We Can Code IT, a Cleveland-based social good organization empowering women and diverse populations in technology, has relocated to Shaker LaunchHouse, a coworking space and entrepreneurial community based in Shaker Heights. The 23,000 square foot space will act as company offices and classroom space for the coding bootcamp. We Can Code IT offers various programs including all women and co-ed bootcamps as well as youth and teen camps. Courses range from one-week long for youth to three and five month sessions for adults. With their target market being underserved populations, the organization aims to increase diversity in tech as well as help alleviate poverty through education and employer partnerships. The part-time coding bootcamp, which begins June 20, teaches high-demand tech skills and programming languages. Because of the unique accelerated learning style and ultra-collaborative environment the program boasts higher student engagement, faster learning, and dramatically increased retention rates of information. We Can Code IT launched its inaugural program this past spring with its first class graduating at the end of May. Since the culmination of the program, students have interviewed with several employers, including Hyland Software, OEConnection, and a variety of other companies in the area. Recent graduates have said that “I learned more than I had ever imagined,” and “attending the We Can Code IT boot camp was the best decision of my life.” Mel McGee, CEO of We Can Code IT, recognizes a need in the community to get underserved populations the tech skills they need for new lucrative IT careers. “I believe nearly everyone can learn how to code.” she says. “If you have the dedication, if you’re willing to work, we’re here to teach you. Not only do you learn the most in-demand skills, we train you how to think like a developer in a welcoming, collaborative environment.” The move to Shaker LaunchHouse is a perfect fit for numerous reasons. Its open, collaborative atmosphere is a perfect place for students to learn, share and work with entrepreneurs at LaunchHouse. Since the program is project-based learning, students can look forward to working with the entrepreneurs at LaunchHouse to solve real-world problems. Additionally, the affordable entrepreneurial housing, located on the street behind LaunchHouse, allows for We Can Code IT to attract students from outside the area. “Having We Can Code IT as a member of LaunchHouse is a huge win for Shaker Heights and the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Todd Goldstein, managing partner and CEO of LaunchHouse. “This allows us to expand our educational offerings to the community that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to. We’re looking forward to getting more involved with them and being a resource to their students.” Goldstein goes on to state how inspiring it is to see an organization like We Can Code IT help people utilize coding to reinvent themselves and explore career possibilities that they otherwise would not. We Can Code IT also offers summer camps for kids beginning June 15. Students learn logic, electrical engineering concepts and computer science principals with Minecraft Amusement Park and Game Programming camps. More information on these and other programs can be found at wecancodeit.org.