Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), in collaboration with BCS -The Chartered Institute for IT, Southeast Regional Group (SERG) received special project funding from BCS headquarters in London, UK. The money enabled the launch of the Easy as Pi Youth Code (Youth Code) pilot project. Youth Code is an education and outreach activity designed to engage local K-12 students in computer programming and stimulate an interest in pursuing computer science degrees and eventual careers. The program distributed Raspberry Pi programmable computers, development supplies and peripherals to fifteen Grady High School students participating in their after school Coding Club. They worked in teams of 2-5 students to program and develop projects. SERG members provided training, demonstrations and technical support to the faculty advisers and their teams throughout the course of the program.
The projects developed from this effort will be demonstrated at the RBI/IPST location for the HEAL event.
- To enable girls, minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged youth the opportunity to discover and advance their computer science talents.
- To educate students on components of computer programming in a way that engrosses their imaginations and enables them to develop technical solutions to real-world problems.
- To engage students in a meaningful and fun computer science experience that incentivizes them to strive for all-around academic excellence.
- To encourage students to pursue degrees and eventual careers in a computer science field.
- To serve the community by preparing graduates with the problem solving skills needed for 21st century success.
The SERG Committee chair, Ken Bernard, treasurer, Paul Burton and secretary, Salimah LaForce hope to expand the program to other schools in the Atlanta area. More funding and volunteers would be needed to support such an expansion. If you are interested, contact Salimah LaForce (firstname.lastname@example.org).