After going to Kasauli to teach coding for the second summer in a row, I had the opportunity to teach programming back home in the Bay Area! For the last three summers, I have worked as a camp counselor at the Bullis Boosters Bridge camp for socio-economically disadvantaged kids. The point of the camp is bring students to speed before the start of the school year. This year, I was able to teach python to a class of 13 5th grade students! I created a new curriculum geared towards elementary school students, which was based off of my original Pi á la Code curriculum.
It was incredible to see how quickly the students picked up the concepts at such a young age. The first few days we focused on learning the concepts, and then even experimented a little bit with codecademy.com. On the last day, we split up the class into two teams, and we had a code off! The kids loved the competitive aspect to programming and discussing the solution with their peers. Being able to bring programming to underprivileged kids in rural India and the Bay Area has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, and I'm excited to see what Pi á la Code will become!
We were also featured on the cover of the Los Altos Town Crier