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IndeedWeCode Celebrates It’s Fifth Year of Summer Camp at John Carroll University.
We began this year’s camp saying farewell to high school seniors Clarice Banks, Amber Ellington and Kaela Hamm, and charter members Savana Freeman, Morghan Jones, Corin Manning and Breaun Nicholson. We wish them the best as they enter college this fall.
This cohort consisted of three levels of students. first time coders, familiar coders and advanced coders. Our projects are designed to meet students at their level and challenge them a bit.
A major feature of our program is our Cheerleaders. The girls met with former IWC members and IT professionals. Some were in person and others video chatted with us. They were able to ask questions and add to their professional network.
We divided into teams to create a weather app that would display the current temperature based on the location of the device. The temperature data would come from an application programming interface. Essentially, we are displaying data from a website called Dark Sky. The display includes an image and text that changes according to the current temperature.
We presented an internal hackathon as the final project of the camp to allow the girls to demonstrate skills such as team working, presentation, coding, researching and creativity. We asked them the following question:
How can we increase the presence of African American women in IT fields? What experiences should girls in grades 5-12 have to increase their exposure to the global IT ecosystem.
As a group, the girls decided games would be a good solution because it is something this demographic could relate to. Working in teams, each team created their own game from sketch to scrum to first iteration.
Each team presented their projects to parents and guests during Demo Day which is the last day of camp.
Our Field Trip Day this year consisted of visiting Hyland in Westlake, Ohio and Rockwell Automation in Twinsburg, Ohio. At Hyland, we went on a tour of the building and learned how to program a turtle in Python. Our trip to Rockwell was special to us because we met with one of our Cheerleaders, Dr. Mia Simmons, who works for the company and IWC members Jay’la, Baylie, and Kelsie who were interning. We went on a tour and learned about opportunities the company has for high school and college students.
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