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Afterschool Programs Teach App Programming

Afterschool Programs Teach App Programming

Students spend time after school developing technology, entrepreneur and leadership skills.

Unique after-school programs are helping students with more than homework. In fact, they’ve figured out how to engage and inspire students to get excited about computer programming– by teaching youth how to create their own applications for mobile technology.

Some programs are drawing in girls in this traditionally male-dominated field.

“The reason we use app development is because girls are already pretty interested in their phones,” says AnnaLise Hoopes, the director of educational and corporate partnerships for the San Francisco-based Technovation, which aims to promote the role of women in technology fields by teaching girls to create their own apps. “It’s a very nonintimidating mode of computer science because it’s something they can already relate to.”

These programs also team up girls with mentors who are successful business leaders. Aside from gaining an interest in technology and learning computer programming, students walk away with stronger public speaking and marketing skills which are an asset in the workplace.

Read more about this story at Education Week.

Photo Courtesy: Sarah Rice for Digital Directions
Donta Jackson, 17, sketches out a design during a mobile-app class at the Youth Radio offices.