February 12, 2015

Engaging High School Girls in STEM and Coding in HTML, CSS, and Javascript with We Can Code IT

We Can Code IT's after-school program at Beaumont gives students the opportunity to engage their minds in new ways through computational thinking and by creating an understanding of...
February 10, 2015

Coding Bootcamp Brings New Faces & Perspectives to Engineering

March 9, 2015 will mark a monumental day for Cleveland's tech industry, as we kick off our first women-only coding bootcamp. Our 3-month immersive women-only coding bootcamp will provide women with...
September 29, 2014

We Can Code IT Reaches Out at Ingenuity Fest

Over 3,000 people gathered at IngenuityFest in Cleveland, and for the second year in a row, We Can Code IT engaged visitors with our technology outreach program. We delighted guests with our Artificial Intelligence chatbots, Skeletorbot and Zoebot. We enthralled Clevelanders with our Community Glass display. We taught visitors about computational thinking through the programming language, Scratch. The event culminated with Mel speaking as a panelist, explaining the importance of getting girls and women in to tech, at Meet the Makers. Thank you to our amazing volunteers! These wonderful images are provided by Lauren Holloway.
August 12, 2014
How to become a web developer

Logic Gates in Minecraft

We use our Girl-friendly Minecraft server to teach STEM computational thinking and engineering concepts!
August 1, 2014

Drawing in Scratch Tutorial – Girls teaching Girls to Code

Learn how to make a pen write, spin, and change colors in Scratch. A great rainy day project for girls! An engaging girls teaching girls to program tutorial by Mira. Scratch is free and is used online. Just go to http://scratch.mit.edu.
May 22, 2014

We Can Code IT featured at Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

We Can Code IT founders Mel McGee and Shana Mysko were featured at the Cleveland Mini Makers Faire. The pair showed children how to program their own chat bots using a program developed by their sister company, imageNation Web Experts, called Zoe Bot.   Zoe Bot is an online, interactive, artificial intelligence application that will chat with a user.  The kids were able to make their own chat bots as well that would respond to them.   Mel demonstrated Skeletorbot, her artificial intelligence chatting skeleton, and showed kids how she created it. Skeletorbot chatted with visitors as they passed by, hopefully not creeping too many of them out. He was originally conceived in the early 00’s as a pet-project by Mel for one of her Halloween parties. Mel and Shana also had a Google Glass demonstration that allowed attendees to try out the wearable computer as well as an augmented reality station. Watch the video for a sample of the fun!

“After the We Can Code IT on-site training at University Hospitals, we embraced Agile software development methodology with tremendous success. On a project that was not going well, we were able to develop 1-week iterations where we did a mini-planning session on Monday, committed to stories for the week and then completely tested them by the end of the week. Our teams have really enjoyed moving to a more structured Agile environment with much more collaboration.”

– Andy Laytin, Manager, IT Development, SQL DBAs Architecture, University Hospitals

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