Meet Code Park Volunteer Ruth!

We're excited to introduce you to Ruth, a volunteer at our Google CS First Storytelling Club. Our volunteers encourage the students' creativity in the classroom, and they give the students a real-world context for what being a computer scientist is like! Learn more about Ruth and how she helps us empower students to learn about technology. 

 Code Park volunteer Ruth preparing for a CS First Story Telling session at Leonel Castillo Community Center, Houston TX. July 20th, 2018. Photograph courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Code Park volunteer Ruth preparing for a CS First Story Telling session at Leonel Castillo Community Center, Houston TX. July 20th, 2018. Photograph courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

How did you get involved as a volunteer with Code Park?

On a general level, my friends Amanda, Wanjun and Neeraj run Code Park. I was invited to join the volunteering team for June 2018, but I wasn’t able to participate because the training days overlapped with my work days at school. However, volunteering has being a major part of my life, and I believe it is one way of giving back to the community. Thank goodness, the training days were rescheduled for the July classes, and one of the days happens to be my off day at work and yippee! I was able to be a part of the July 2018 volunteers.

How did you first get into coding

My story of how I got into coding is somewhat funny, but interesting at the same time. It was during my first degree when I was going to school for Medical Physiology with the hope of transferring to a medical school thereafter. During the time, I was the Google Student Ambassador for the university, but I never thought of trying to write a line of code. In February 2016, I attended a workshop at school that was intended for only women to learn basic HTML and CSS. Interestingly, I wrote my first line of code, built a dummy website, changed colors with CSS, and viewed my work in the browser. The feeling was so amaaaazing! After the workshop, I received a mentorship scholarship from the organizers because of how curious I was and how I paid maximum attention to every detail of the workshop. With the scholarship, I learnt more about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript until I was able to pick things up on my own. Fortunately for me, I was able to change my career path into doing something I have loved since I was little but was limited from in terms of resources to get started and now, I currently am going to school to earn my degree in Computer Science.

I love how kids are so curious when it comes to learning new things and how they put into practice every little detail they learn.
— Ruth Obe, Code Park Volunteer

What is an interesting side project you’re working on?

This summer, I am working on some of the Freecodecamp projects in order to earn the certificates it offers. I will add links to my portfolio, so I can show the completed works for everyone to see and also have more successful projects to present during job search.

What is your favorite classroom experience so far?

I love working with kids and this has been my favorite classroom experience each time. I love how kids are so curious when it comes to learning new things and how they put into practice every little detail they learn. They ask amazing questions in class, and ths encourages me because it shows they pay attention. I also like the Teacher-Student relationship in the classroom and the opportunity to share knowledge with the students.


Ruth's enthusiasm for computer science inspires our summer students.  Her guidance and warmth give Code Park students the early start she did not have access to.  We're excited to see Ruth often in our classrooms as she grows in her journey as a computer programmer!

Amanda ShihComment