Doubling Down in July for Tech Ed

We’ve had a busy summer here at Code Park. July has been jam packed as we work to expand our reach in the community and teach students about the joys of technology. From the Fab Lab in East Aldine and the Finnegan Community Center, to Station Houston and the Montrose-Freed Library, we traveled Houston to spread Code Park's message of tech literacy for all.

Hands on Learning at Fab Lab

One of the partnerships we have been most excited about is working with the Baker Ripley Fab Lab located in the East Aldine Community Center. Our program, Invent to Learn, teaches students about tech, not through dry textbooks and traditional lectures, but through hands-on experience building real things.

We used Minecraft to help kids learn Python, a programming language used for building websites and for data analysis.

 Day one of Invent to Learn at Fab Lab, Amanda helps a student with Python programming to make Minecraft character complete a task. July 23rd, 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Day one of Invent to Learn at Fab Lab, Amanda helps a student with Python programming to make Minecraft character complete a task. July 23rd, 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Students also used a Raspberry Pi, breadboard, and other components to build different types of working circuits.

 Day two of Invent to Learn at Fab Lab East Aldine, students work together to program a "traffic light" sequence with a circuit they built. July 25th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang

Day two of Invent to Learn at Fab Lab East Aldine, students work together to program a "traffic light" sequence with a circuit they built. July 25th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang

STEM Summer Camp at Finnegan Community Center

In addition to our weekly classes, Code Park helped teach about circuits during a one-day STEM summer camp at the Finnegan Community Center. Students built paper circuits and learned about the mysteries of electricity.

 Students holding up the cards they made for Mr. Paul at the one day STEM Camp at Finnigan Park Community Center. July 7th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Students holding up the cards they made for Mr. Paul at the one day STEM Camp at Finnigan Park Community Center. July 7th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Our volunteers helped teach the next generation about tech and had a lot of fun in the process.

 Volunteer and Software Developer Bryan holding up his creation at the one day STEM Camp at Finnigan Park Community Center. July 7th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Volunteer and Software Developer Bryan holding up his creation at the one day STEM Camp at Finnigan Park Community Center. July 7th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Hitting the Airwaves with Just Add Beats

As part of our outreach, we are collaborating with Just Add Beats to craft a digital podcast about technology education. Keep an eye out for it in the next few weeks. The podcast will become a regular feature as we work to help others replicate what we do.

Andrew of Just Add Beats is our digital guide through the pod-cast-o-sphere.

 Andrew Karnavas, founder of Andyrooniverse and Just Add Beats checks his mics for the podcast at Station Houston. July 11th, 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Andrew Karnavas, founder of Andyrooniverse and Just Add Beats checks his mics for the podcast at Station Houston. July 11th, 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Amanda, our co-founder and resident super-coder, had a lot to say.

 Amanda Shih, cofounder of Code Park Houston, speaks her mind while recording a podcast at Station Houston. July 11th, 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Amanda Shih, cofounder of Code Park Houston, speaks her mind while recording a podcast at Station Houston. July 11th, 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Reading More than Just Books at the Library

In collaboration with the Houston Public Library’s summer reading program, we showed students the wonders of ASCII Art and helped them learn about how a computer sees and stores colors.

 In Code Park's ASCII Art Summer Reading Program at Montrose-Freed Library, a student explores how a computer sees colors and stores that information. June 14th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

In Code Park's ASCII Art Summer Reading Program at Montrose-Freed Library, a student explores how a computer sees colors and stores that information. June 14th 2018. Courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.


July was a whirlwind of activity for us here at Code Park, and we are looking forward to an action-packed August and fall. Stay tuned for more updates as we work to bring technology education to all, and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Benjamin OchoaComment