Software engineers from leading technology companies, including Google, SpaceX, and Amazon, are volunteering to help students learn to code while schools are closed.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, over 1,000 engineers have signed up to teach, and students across 45 U.S. states and 30 countries have received coding lessons. Started by The Coding School, a 501(c)(3) tech education nonprofit, the organization is providing free online, one-on-one coding lessons to students who have been significantly affected by COVID-19. Students grades 4–12 with a parent who is an essential worker or has lost a job due to COVID-19 is eligible to receive personalized coding lessons from a live instructor.
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Since 2017, The Coding School has taught online, face-to-face coding lessons for K-12 students in partnership with USC and UCLA’s Schools of Engineering. The organization is also offering other free programming to inspire students during this time, including a web development coding course and Q&As with engineers specializing in aerospace, healthcare and tech, product design, and quantum computing. Full
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“We’re on a mission to ensure coding education is accessible and empowering for all students,” explains Kiera Peltz, founder of The Coding School. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen the power personalized coding education has in transforming students’ lives, and that’s why we want to make sure — especially now — students experiencing difficult times, have access to specialized coding instruction and mentorship.”
Instructors are professional software engineers from over 60 companies and university students — from undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates — at more than 100 universities, including Stanford, MIT, and Duke. Students are matched with instructors with similar backgrounds, thus serving as not only instructors but also mentors.