Meet Code Park Volunteer Hannah!

Meet Hannah, one of our Google CS First Storytelling Club volunteers. Through teaching creative workshops at Code Park, Hannah not only taught students how to solve problems but also showed them the fun and innovation through technologies. Today, she will share her story with Code Park and her journey in software development.

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

I moved to Houston last September and enrolled in a coding bootcamp. I searched around for coding meetup groups to meet others in the industry, and found Code Park. I started volunteering on Thursdays at Gallegos Elementary School as soon as I completed my bootcamp.

How did you first get into coding?

I worked with another after-school program in NYC called ‘The Coding Space’. Scratch was my first 'coding language', and I loved how intuitive it was. I made games like Flappy Bird and Asteroids, and personality quizzes with the students. Once I moved to Houston, I started learning JavaScript and Ruby at Flatiron School! The program had intro courses and a Coding Bootcamp Prep course, all online and beginner-friendly. I still remember the first time I used a terminal, and felt "wow, I'm doing it!".

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

I've been doing a coding challenge by Wes Bos where I built 30 projects with vanilla Javascript. The most interesting was using text-to-speech. The API is built right into the browser, so it's delightfully easy to get started, and even comes with 60+ voices on Chrome. You can play with my demo here!

It’s awesome seeing them building on concepts they’ve used before, and creating while having fun together.
— Hannah Chang, Code Park Volunteer

What is your favorite classroom experience so far?

We make sure to have time at the end of class for show and tell. The third graders often collaborate on projects and love sharing with their classmates! It's awesome seeing them building on concepts they've used before, and creating while having fun together. In Scratch, there is an option to share and discover projects, which allows us to remix the projects through cloning and adding new inputs. Some of our students really loved Fortnite, so they found some cool platform games that featured their favorite characters, and remixed them. It was super fun to see them demo the games and, of course, show off their dance moves from Fortnite.

Students to create a game at Gallegos Elementary's creative coding club! Courtesy of Hannah Chang. April 4th, 2019.

Students to create a game at Gallegos Elementary's creative coding club! Courtesy of Hannah Chang. April 4th, 2019.

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