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June 1, 2015
Boys & Girls Club members to learn STEM coding this summer
REDLANDS – Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside are learning the basics of computer science and video game coding this summer.
The curriculum, created by Los Angeles-based extracurricular organization Big Up Kidz, introduces middle school and high school-age youth to computer coding through video game design over several weeks. Participants “move through the challenges at their own pace, with each level moving them forward on the transition from player to game designer,” according to Big Up Kidz consultant Cathie Mostovoy.
The curriculum, which was piloted this year, is part of the Club’s year-round STEM programming. The Club is Big Up Kidz first outside partner to use the curriculum, Mostovoy said. The start date was June 15, the first day of summer day camp.
The curriculum’s eight lessons include computer parts, how coding works, algorithms, debugging, and the basics of computer science. The goal is to offer hands-on experience that makes youth comfortable with basic coding concepts, supports their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, and provides a foundation for developing a career skill, Mostovoy said.
“I think it’ll be really fun to watch it this summer and you’ll have a really stellar person teaching it,” she said. “You have to have a lot of activities … it takes some time and skill to implement.”
The curriculum is taught by Ananda Ilcken, the education director for the nonprofit Education Collaboration.
“Ananda is an outstanding instructor, the kids will really enjoy the class,” Mostovoy said. “She is very experienced in designing curriculum and implementing it.”
The Club’s STEM programs are funded by Time Warner Cable, Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company.
About Big Up Kidz
Big Up Kidz, a nonprofit after-school program, was founded in 2011 by Rochelle Lether. The organization operates in partnership with Ingenium Schools in the Los Angeles and offers programs and meals before and after school, and programs and during summer, school breaks and weekends. For more information, go to www.bigupkidz.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside has been serving the Inland Empire since 1967 in the communities of Loma Linda, Mentone, Moreno Valley, Redlands, Riverside and San Bernardino. Our Clubs serve over 2,600 youth daily in our after-school setting and offer both winter and summer camps for our kids. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more information, visit us at www.BeGreatIE.org