Coding in the Classroom is an outreach initiative in which members of the UT Computer Science community teach coding in local schools, introducing computer science to a diverse group of students and building community from within.
UT Computer Science has facilitated the Hour of Code initiative at local grade schools since December 2015. The UTCS community—undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—work together to either lead grade-school students through the Hour of Code lesson or to provide support to their teachers as they do so. In exchange for our help, we request that teachers allow each volunteer to introduce themselves and explain why they chose computer science and why they stayed in computer science—our field is large and varied, and we are here for many different reasons. In doing so, we hope to expose the students to the diversity within our field.
How is it going?
We are currently running or facilitating seven classroom programs at six schools:
- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (High)
- Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy (Middle)
- Maplewood Elementary
- Barbara Jordan Elementary
- Perez Elementary
- Sunset Valley Elementary
All told, these programs, which are led by approximately 45 UTCS student mentors, are reaching approximately 230 K-12 students this school year.
While it is too early to measure long-term results, our mentors report that the programs are going well and the students seem interested. We have found that programs that take place during the school day in the classroom (as opposed to an afterschool coding club) are more successful.
Get Your School Involved
Expand computer science at your school and join the thousands of schools who have incorporated high-quality computer science education into their curriculum.
Subscribe to our outreach email list to learn about volunteer opportunities. A background check with Austin Partners in Education is required.
Become a Mentor
Submit an interest form to mentor for Coding in the Classroom.