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...
December 13, 2014

IT’s For Girls — Girls in STEM

  We Can Code IT Mentors Northeast Ohio 8th Grade Girls On Tuesday, December 9th, We Can Code It mentored girls at IT’s For Girls, an event in which 8th grade girls from school districts in Northeast Ohio get together to participate in STEM projects and meet professional women in tech fields. The annual day-long event provides middle school girls with information and incentive to pursue their interests in STEM-related subjects and IT careers. The  program is presented by and takes place at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. It includes six different STEM activities for the girls, including 3D printing and math activities. The kids also learn a lot about the importance of networking. The girls worked with We Can Code IT and 19 other women from Northeast Ohio tech businesses by asking networking questions and learning about career options in technology. The students watched a slideshow featuring women tech company CEOs. Seeing examples of women to role model themselves after, rather than the male-dominated images they typically see, can help girls understand that tech fields are attainable to them. We Can Code IT also mentored during the luncheon portion of the programming. We told the inquisitive girls at our table about computer science as a career choice, told them about making games in Scratch and Blockly, and asked a lot of questions about their interests and possible career paths to help guide them in the right direction. If you’d like to introduce a girl you know to computer science, you may want to show them Scratch, a programming language developed at MIT for kids.  
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!
July 21, 2014

Minecraft Amusement Park Workshop w/Redstone

This workshop has come and gone. Check out our latest workshop, Make Your Own Haunted House Adventure in Scratch. We will have another one soon, so please sign up for our newsletter for updates! View the Educational Outcomes of this Workshop. Minecraft in Education This workshop is for the girls! Play Minecraft and learn logic skills while doing it. It’s a bit like hiding peas in the mac and cheese. Girls, ages 8+, love it because they are creating theme-park like rides in Minecraft. You’ll love it because they are learning the fundamental logic structures behind programming and engineering while they are doing it. Are you interested in hanging out too and learning what in the world your kids are doing while they play Minecraft? No problem, adults, just get an extra ticket for yourself, and let us know you’re tagging along. Proudly offered by We Can Code It, with support from Bizdom Cleveland, we’ll provide fun instruction, donuts, and juice for the girls. You provide a computer (let us know if you need to borrow one when you get your tickets, and we’ll set you up). [one_half] Girls Make an amusement park in Minecraft! Make a dunk tank! Create a photo booth! Make a Minecraft Roller Coaster! [/one_half][one_half_last] Adults Feel free to get a ticket for yourself if you’d like. Your girls will be learning logic structures that help them in all walks of life, but also form a strong foundational understanding for engineering and programming! Yep, we’re hiding peas in the mac and cheese! Circuit design Logic structures (And/Or/Xor . . .) Programming skills Computational thinking Problem solving Seeing with engineering and computational / expressive perspectives [/one_half_last] Where Bizdom Cleveland at Tower City 250 W. Huron Rd. Suite 203 Cleveland, OH 44113 (We’ll send you exact directions in an email) [vsgmap address=”250 W. Huron Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113″ height=”200″] When Saturday, Aug 16, 2014. 10 AM to 12PM. Register Now! Online Ticketing for Minecraft Amusement Park (Intro to Logic Structures and Circuits) for Girls powered by Eventbrite Are you interested in learning coding, programming, or development? We Can Code IT is a Cleveland-based non-profit whose mission is to empower females in tech by teaching them how to code. We offer a series of workshops and seminars focusing on programming, web, and mobile development. Follow Us!
July 16, 2014

Scratch: Make Giga Walk

“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

It takes 6 to 9 months to bring a new developer up to speed. In IT, recruiting top talent is super competitive. So it makes sense to train your internal talent pool, right? A great idea, but most companies find cross-training employees is time-consuming and demands training expertise they don’t always have.  We can help you with this process by applying our assessment tools.  These will help you find out which employees would be best for cross-training as well as which canidates are most adept to join your company.

When growth or turnover hits your IT team, research shows it costs a business about 20% of an employee’s salary to hire and train new talent. If a developer is paid in the neighborhood of $80–$120K —the hiring and training process costs your business up to $24K.*