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Author: Ana-Maria Medina

Ana-Maria Medina, Ph.D. is a mom, yogi, and Outreach Director at CodeWizardsHQ. She believes that coding is the future and CWHQ is the link to getting youth #futureready.

Student Spotlight: Lee

Meet the Winn Family from Texas and find out how learning to code with CodeWizardsHQ has led Lee to be our Student of the Month!

 

“Coding will be extremely useful far into the future. It is quickly reaching the point that it should probably be mandatory for our youth.”

– The Winn Family

 

Here are some of Lee’s Favorite Projects:

CodeWizardsHQ’s community spreads around the world.  We are lucky to have amazing families like the Winn family! Their family consists of Dad, Mom, an adult brother, Lee, 13, and Lee’s maternal grandparents. They also have 2 dogs!

Lee and his family were kind enough to answer a few questions about their #codingadventure.

 

Lee’s answers: 

Q. What’s your coding background?

I took a summer coding class in 2018. It covered the basics of HTML and CSS. Also, while I was in the summer class, I got introduced to Scratch. I now do some Scratch, but I mainly focus on CWHQ’s classes.

Q: What are your family’s hobbies?

My dad, granddad, and I enjoy playing golf. My dad and I enjoy fishing as well. In the summer, my family likes to go swimming as well. My mom, grandmother, and brother enjoy playing games with us whenever we get the opportunity.

Q: What subjects do you enjoy in school?

I enjoy Math, Science, and History.

Q: Anything else fun and interesting you’d like to share about your family?

My dad was a missionary for a period of time. He went to Zambia, China, and India. While in China, my family adopted me from an orphanage.

Q: So how did you find out about CodeWizardsHQ?

My mom found it while searching the web for online coding websites.

Q: What are some things you like about learning coding with CWHQ?

I enjoy learning especially about CSS and how it changes and intertwines HTML. I also enjoyed learning Python code in Intro to Programming.

 

Lee’s Parents’ answers:

Q: Do you have a specific experience or story you’d like to share that your student has mentioned about classes at CWHQ?

Lee has truly enjoyed both teachers in his first two classes. He is naturally a very hard worker and has really benefitted from their encouragement and acknowledgement of this. He looks forward to each class and even made certain he could attend class while on a recent vacation. He always shares what he has learned and what has happened in each class immediately after it.

Q: What role will coding have in your family’s future?

Lee is loving everything Coding so far. At this point, he plans to take all the CodeWizardsHQ classes and hopes to do one of their internships. He is thinking about Coding for a career. He already works in our family business, shipping all correspondence courses, so he knows he could use Coding for the website eventually as well.

Q: What goals or dreams do you for your children in relation to coding?

It is quite clear that Coding will be extremely useful far into the future. It is quickly reaching the point that it should probably be mandatory for our youth. We want Lee to have as many tools to prepare him for today and tomorrow as possible and believe learning Coding is the key to that. We know he could have a great career in it, but of course, that will be his decision.

 

Lee has taken two courses at CodeWizardsHQ, here is what his teacher Lynn had to say about him:

Lee is extremely hard working and fastidious. He pushes every assignment far beyond what is required. He takes time to add extra code and content, embellishing and turning each project into its own unique and complete creation. Lee is also inquisitive, courteous, and kind. He is a joy to teach!

 

At CodeWizardsHQ, we know our students are our top priority!

Thanks for allowing us to spotlight Lee! We are lucky to have him as part of our community!

 

#learntocode #codewizardshq #futureready #edtech #education

 

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Teacher Spotlight: Noah Albertsen

About Teacher Spotlight : The concept of “students first” is at the heart of everything we are and do at CodeWizardsHQ. We know students learn best when they interact with a talented teacher. We conscientiously hand-select the very best coding teachers, ultimately hiring only the top 2% of applicants. Every month we go behind the scenes to tell you more about one of our amazing teachers. This month, we bring you Noah Albertsen!

Who/what inspired your career choice growing up?

When I was a kid, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up, and to a certain extent, I still don’t! That being said, I’ve always loved technology, art, and design, and as I got a little bit older, I started to think a bit more seriously about what I wanted to do. In college I landed on computer science and haven’t looked back since. To me, programming is like a game or a puzzle, I’m always engaged, always trying to see how the next piece fits.

What has been the most rewarding part of working at CodeWizardsHQ?

Seeing my students truly understand the material and then turn the work into something entirely their own in a creative way is one of the best things to come out of working at CodeWizardsHQ.

What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?

I’d love to see more kids introduced to programming at younger ages because there’s nothing more creative or imaginative than a young mind. If we give them the right tools and teach them the skills to use them, there’s no telling what they’ll create or the big picture problems they’ll solve.

If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?

I wish I had the power to answer the questions my students don’t yet know how to ask.

What do you think is the most important thing about working with a company that teaches coding to kids?

For me, the most important thing about teaching kids to code is making a better future for everyone involved. By giving our kids the tools they need and the problem solving skills to use them, I truly believe we can code and create for a better world, together.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

Outside the “classroom”, I work on all kinds of different activities. In addition to programming, I’m also an artist. I start out my work with an algorithmically generated image and then translate that to a physical media through traditional printmaking processes such as etching, relief, collage, and mixed-media. You can see my work on Instagram @albertsenstudios or online at albertsenstudios.com. I also love hiking and walking the local trails, sewing and making my own clothes, and spending time with our three dogs.

If you would like to consider our live, teacher-led, online classes, please see our upcoming class dates & times

Student Spotlight: Tanya

Meet the Kamaraj Family from Chickapee, Massachusetts, and find out how learning to code with CodeWizardsHQ has led Tanya to be our Student of the Month!

On CodeWizardsHQ,

“It Makes Kids Ready For The Future”

         – The Kamaraj Family 

Here are some of Tanya’s Favorite Projects:

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CodeWizardsHQ’s community spreads around the world.  We are lucky to have amazing families like the Kamaraj family! They have two children, Tanya, 11 and Tarun 6.

Tanya and her parents were kind enough to answer a few questions about their #codingadventure.

From Tanya:

Q. What’s your coding background?

My coding background is either a galaxy or a neon background.

Q: What are your family’s hobbies?

My family’s hobbies are either cooking and biking, walking outside.

Q: What subjects do you enjoy in school?

In school, the subjects that I enjoy are computers, art, gym, and music.

Q: Anything else fun and interesting you’d like to share about your family?

My dad owns a restaurant and I like to do dance and soccer!!!

Q: How did you find out about CodeWizardsHQ?

A friend told us about it so now we both do coding!

Q: What are some things you like about learning to code with CWHQ?

They teach in a fun way so I love coding, especially when we tinker in the CSS with box and text shadows and animations!!!

 

From her parents;

Q: Do you have a specific experience or story you’d like to share that your student has related to you about classes at CWHQ?

Teachers at CodewizardsHQ are great! Tanya learns so much every week and now it’s her favorite thing to do!

Q: Where does coding fit in your family’s future?

My son, Tarun he wants to do coding so once he is old enough, he will do coding!

Q: What goals or dreams do you have for your children in relation to coding?

Tanya loves coding so much that she wants to keep on doing it, and wants to get an internship!

 

Tanya has taken three courses at CodeWizardsHQ, here is what on of her teacher’s, Sabreena, has to say about her:

Tanya is a joy to have in class. She is always enthusiastic and cheerful. She is extremely ambitious in her projects and puts her own spin on everything. She is also dedicated, making sure she didn’t miss class even when on vacation in India! Not to mention, she always has the best snacks. 🙂 

At CodeWizardsHQ, we know our students are our top priority!

Thanks for allowing us to spotlight Tanya!

 

#learntocode #codewizardshq #futureready #edtech #education

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Student Spotlight: Andrew

Meet the Taggart family from Jensen, Utah, and find out how learning to code with CodeWizardsHQ has led Andrew to be our Student of the Month!

Here are two of Andrew’s Projects:

                      

CodeWizardsHQ’s community spreads around the world. We are lucky to have amazing families like the Taggart family! They have three children, Andrew, 11, Connor, 9, and Lizzy, 7. Andrew was kind enough to answer a few questions about their #codingadventure.

Q. What’s your coding background, Andrew?

A: I’ve always enjoyed technology and I found out about Scratch when I was 8. I quickly outgrew it and my programs became too long for Scratch’s old software to handle. So I started programming Python and HTML and a few years later, I decided that I wanted to take a coding class and that’s how we found CWHQ.

Q: What are your family’s hobbies?

A: Camping, riding bikes, fishing, playing games together

Q: What subjects do your children enjoy in school?

A: Sciences and technology

Q: Anything else fun and interesting you’d like to share about your family?

A: We have a large market garden that is almost 2 acres where we grow and sell vegetables to families in our community through our family business. We work together as a family to grow and harvest vegetables.

Q: How did you find out about CWHQ?

A: A Google search

Q: What are some things you like about learning to code with CWHQ?

A: My teacher, the community at CWHQ

Q: Last of all, what plans do you have Coding in your family’s future?

A: I will be working on our website for our family business as well as writing apps for my parents to help with the management of the garden and customers.

Q: To Mr. & Mrs. Taggart: What goals or dreams for your children in relation to coding?

A: We hope that Andrew can write the programs that he envisions to create to help and better the world around him.

What his teacher, Ivann Grande, says about Andrew:

Andrew’s interest in coding has constantly been developing throughout his young life. He shows discipline and interest in anything that he does. He will go out of his way to customize his projects, just so he can continue coding. Andrew is always the first to help answer any questions his classmates may have and always involved in the CodewizardsHQ community. It is always a joy to have him in class and I’ve enjoyed his presence in every class.

Andrew also shared with me his family farm website which I absolutely love. Search “Heritage Family Gardens”. The first photos you see are of him and his family. In the group photo, he is the one on the far right. He was talking about how he’s been busy harvesting all his plants these past few weeks on his 20+ acre farm with his family. He and his family sell their produce to nearby towns in Utah using their website. Such a sweet and genuine family. I’m glad you’re doing a spotlight on him.

Some of his projects are very simple and not as “flashy” as other students, but this project shows a bit of his innovation. This project was made so that random cars are loaded into the page every time it loads.

#learntocode #codewizardshq #futureready #edtech #education

Teacher Spotlight: Rita Hill

About Teacher Spotlight : The concept of “students first” is at the heart of everything we are and do at CodeWizardsHQ. We know students learn best when they interact with a talented teacher. We conscientiously hand-select the very best coding teachers, ultimately hiring only the top 2% of applicants. Every month we go behind the scenes to tell you more about one of our amazing teachers. This month, we bring you Rita Hill!

Who/what inspired your career choice growing up?

I was going down a career path in the US Army before working in tech. I’m a self taught developer and making the transition into edtech was one of the best things I’ve done in my career. I truly enjoy helping others learn technical skills! This includes my lovely daughters! One of them is a CodeWizardsHQ student!

What has been the most rewarding part of working at CodeWizardsHQ?

I’ve been an instructor for almost 2 years now, and I have students currently that I first started teaching within 2-3 months of joining the team. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown as coders and the bond that exists between their fellow classmates as they transition from each course together.

What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?

Kids are learning coding much earlier than before and because of this, we will see the newest innovations in tech come from kids and more young adults.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing (hobbies)?

I really enjoy hiking! Whenever I travel I always try to find a trail, hill, or mountain to tackle. I also enjoy yoga and have been practicing regularly for the last year.

If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?

The ability to travel through time.
 

If you would like to consider our live, teacher-led, online classes, please see our upcoming class dates & times

Connecting Earth Day and Coding

At CodeWizardHQ we believe coding can transform the future. Earth Day is a reminder that we are all part of a big beautiful planet and need to join together to take care of its magnificence.  

Today we salute The Three Kid Inventors! All three of the amazing students below used computational thinking to bring their imagination to life! They saw a possibility and built a life-saving robot! Light homes without electricity! And make our world healthier through harnessing green energy!

Coding and computational thinking are not just specialized technicals skills that limit our kids to sitting in front of a screen. They provide the catalyst for making life-changing inventions come to life.  Learn more about how you can launch your kids’ possibilities for becoming the innovators of tomorrow: www.codewizardshq.com

 

Thirteen-year-old David Cohen created two major potentially life-saving inventions, including one designed to locate earthquake victims and one equipped to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. 3M

David Cohen, Texas. As he learned about earthworms in class he became curious to learn if anyone had created a robotic earthworm. He began to actively inquire about the applications such a robot could have and decided to build one himself!  Using the knowledge had had from coding he created a prototype robot. The robot had heat-sensing technology and GPS! The robot served to rescue people from emergencies safely and efficiently!

 

(Rafikov Family/Discovery Education)  Nikita Rafikov, 11, built a “House Of The Future” with windows that contain a green fluorescent protein to emit light.

Nikita Rafikov, Georgia. The 11-year-old developed a way to embed GFP, or green fluorescent protein, into windows to create efficient glass and lighting. GFP is the protein found in certain jellyfish that creates those cool bioluminescence effects seen in nature photography. By embedding this protein into windows, Rafikov has found a way to light homes without the use of electricity.

 

(Picture Credit, 10 empreendedores mirins que deram certo Por Daniela Moreira)

Javier Fernandez-Han, Texas. At 9 years old, he knew he wanted the Versatile System, a mix of new and existing technology that uses algae to treat waste, produces methane and bio-oil as fuel, grows food, and traps greenhouse gases.

 

References:

Texas Eighth-Grader Builds Robots to Combat World Issues

Kid Inventors Vie for Top Honors in National Science Competition

15 Year Old Invents Complete Algae Energy System

Zoom, CodeWizardsHQ and the future of work!

Yesterday, Zoom, the company that enables online collaboration had its IPO which valued the company at $9.2B! The company is so valuable because they have built the technology platform that enables how work gets done in the future – distributed teams, collaborating seamlessly through virtual meetings.

Carl Eschenbach, a partner at Sequoia was asked why did he decide to invest in zoom. He explained, “When we spoke to the CFO of one of the largest and fastest growing tech companies in the world, he told us he spends 80% of his day using Zoom talking to his people around the world. That is transforming the way people communicate and collaborate globally and in the enterprise”.

Why is work transforming this way? Why are we moving from co-located teams to distributed teams? It is because companies want to work with the best talent they can hire, regardless of where they live. It is true even for CodeWizardsHQ. We are a distributed team and it enables us to hire the very best from around the world. And we use zoom every day for internal collaboration. Being global is part of our culture.

What does this mean for our students?

CodeWizardsHQ has been utilizing the Zoom platform to teach coding to students through live, instructor-led, virtual classrooms. We have always believed that utilizing an online medium for teaching coding is not only effective and convenient but also prepares our students for the work environment of the future. Our students will be confident, communicative, and capable to lead virtual meetings.

In eight years, 50.9% of the U.S. workforce will be remote. The community at CodeWizardsHQ is far-reaching. We have students all over the globe! Our students will be increasingly prepared for the work environment of the next decades where distributed teams collaborate via virtual mediums.

If you are a parent and interested in exploring coding education for your child, find out about us here – www.codewizardshq.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Andrew Morgan

About Teacher Spotlight : The concept of “students first” is at the heart of everything we are and do at CodeWizardsHQ. We know students learn best when they interact with a talented teacher. We conscientiously hand-select the very best coding teachers, ultimately hiring only the top 2% of applicants. Every month we go behind the scenes to tell you more about one of our amazing teachers. This month, we bring you Andrew Morgan!

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the rainy northern end of California, in the mighty Redwoods. The beauty of the space and my father’s emphasis on outdoor activities gave me an early interest in nature: how it worked, how species are interconnected, and how they learned form each other, important lessons for any child. Bizarrely this increased my interest in technology. The nascent internet held such promise, of boundless knowledge, and offered an interconnected web of human understanding. But it was so hard to use! My first experience of computers were green and black monitors, with hilariously large floppy discs to run programs. Learning to use a computer was a serious investment in those days, but had a great reward, so I loved every minute of it.

Who/what inspired you to become a coding teacher?

My parents and sister are all teachers. Being raised this way, my natural curiosity as a child was answered with an abundance of long-winded teachings and many viewpoints. They taught me to reflect on things I learned, rather than just memorize them. This led to a deeper understanding of the world around me, a world so full of wonder and joy. I love teaching because it is an opportunity to share our amazing world with others and help explain its complexity. More importantly, I believe this next generation will have the opportunity to bring technology and nature together, and I want them to know that the coding they are leaning now, will change the world when it’s their turn to run it.

What has been the most rewarding part of teaching?

When a student takes the knowledge we give them, and builds beyond it, creating something we couldn’t have taught them. It demonstrates that the student understands the ideas, can do the coding, and has a creative mind that can move beyond it. It’s incredibly exciting to witness this process, and know I am teaching someone who will far surpass my ability in a few years.

What is your favorite project in the classes you teach?

We have a Javascript class where we make a pixel painting app; think of it as a color Etch A Sketch. Learning to code can be frustrating and slow, but colors are a universal human experience. In this class, we show the students how to pick up colors, and spread them around the page, as if they had an infinite paint pallet. They say education should build on the foundations of pre-existing knowledge, and we all know colors, and how paint works from our Kindergarten days. This class simply take those concepts and makes them digital.

What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?

Augmented Reality, and coding in 3D space. If coding was more physical and dimensional, it would be easier to understand. Students could move around outside, making code with their movements, build code blocks with gestures and thoughts, which would assemble into programs floating around their field of vision. They could make games for their friends to play in the park, like mazes, capture the flag, or a real-world Minecraft.

When you aren’t teaching, what do you enjoy doing (hobbies)?

Woodworking and gardening. I’m pretty bad at both, but they are new hobbies for me. Basically, I just like building things, be it a credenza or compost.

If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?

I would love the ability to sense engagement and understanding. It always hard for a teacher to gauge whether a student truly understands something, or if they are just going through the motions. Being able to sense a student is floundering in a concept would give me the cue to circle around and try it from a different angle.

What do you think is the most important thing about teaching coding to kids?

As with all human interaction, compassion is the most important part of teaching. In Psychology, there is a concept known as the “knowledge gap”: when we learn something and know it for a long time, it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t know it how to do to something. Like tying your shoelaces for example. It can be infuriating watching a child struggle with the dexterous movements needed to accomplish this daily task. It’s hard for us to remember that we too struggled to remember the steps, and how uncontrollable our hands were at that age. A teacher must always remember that everything we teach, we once learned, and that took many years.

If you would like to consider our live, teacher-led, online classes, please see our upcoming class dates & times

Teacher Spotlight: Larry Cherry

About Teacher Spotlight : The concept of “students first” is at the heart of everything we are and do at CodeWizardsHQ. We know students learn best when they interact with a talented teacher. We conscientiously hand-select the very best coding teachers, ultimately hiring only the top 2% of applicants. Every month we go behind the scenes to tell you more about one of our amazing teachers. This month, we bring you Larry Cherry!

Who/what inspired you to become a coding teacher?

I have always enjoyed explaining how things worked and making a difference in someone’s life. When I started off in my coding career it only made sense to share my passion for code with others through teaching.
 

What has been the most rewarding part of teaching?

Helping people reach the aha moment. When it just clicks for them and everything just appears to come together.
 

What is your favorite project in the classes you teach?

I really enjoy teaching JavaScript and my favorite project is the Pokemon catch game from Intro_js.
 

What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?

I know not all our students will become software engineers or web developers but my vision is that the students of today will be better equipped for the jobs of the future by being exposed to the wonderful world of coding.
 

When you aren’t teaching, what do you enjoy doing (hobbies)?

I probably have too many hobbies, but my current hobbies include 3D printing, 3D modeling, reading coding books, working through Udemy courses, and from time to time playing some games on steam.
 

If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?

To see code like Neo from the Matrix. It would just be so cool and I could say fun catchphrases like “There is no spoon”. A close second would be the power to make the perfect meme for every project.
 

What do you think is the most important thing about teaching coding to kids?

It is not the code that matters but the way of thinking. Learning to code requires one to see things on a deeper level than most people normally do. We naturally make assumptions about many things and often times we miss the little things. By learning to code you learn how to break down complex problems into smaller chunks and that by itself is a superpower everyone could use in everyday life.

If you would like to consider our live, teacher-led, online classes, please see our upcoming class dates & times

Teacher Spotlight: Sabreena Osborne

About Teacher Spotlight : The concept of “students first” is at the heart of everything we are and do at CodeWizardsHQ. We know students learn best when they interact with a talented teacher. We conscientiously hand-select the very best coding teachers, ultimately hiring only the top 2% of applicants. Every month we go behind the scenes to tell you more about one of our amazing teachers. This month, we bring you Sabreena Osborne!

Who/what inspired you to become a coding teacher?

Nothing inspired me to be a coding teacher in particular. I’ve always had a love of teaching, especially younger people. I am self-taught with code, so when the opportunity came to do both, it was fantastic!

What has been the most rewarding part of teaching?

The most rewarding part of teaching is when you can see/hear the little “lightbulb” go off for someone. That “AHA!” moment when something clicks is so satisfying!

What is your favorite project in the classes you teach?

My favorite project varies, but usually Ghostbusters from our Intro to Programming Class. Other favorites are the pirate game from our Front End Development Class, and our HTML/CSS final project Fortune Cookie.

What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?

My vision is students using the coding through all aspects of their life, not just if they plan to go in to computer science or engineering as a career. It can teach them how to pay very close attention to detail, how to problem-solve, how to “speak” a different language, and make sure to be very specific in instructions to get the result they expect.

When you aren’t teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

When I’m not teaching, I love to play with my doggos, spend time with my family, travel, and nerd out in every way possible. I have been known to cosplay at Comicons!

If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?

If I had one teacher super-power, it would be the ability to teach any student who has a desire to learn, and to be able to inherently teach in the way the student learns best.

What do you think is the most important thing about teaching coding to kids?

The most important thing about teaching coding to kids is to make sure it’s fun! Coding can be so grey, literally and figuratively. If you don’t make it fun, it can’t be for everyone. And it should be for everyone!

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