I taught my very first class this past June in front of 13 teenagers who, much like myself, had no idea what they were getting themselves into.

Learn. Love. Code.

In the matter of two weeks I was meant to turn these kids from knowing nil about programing into making a live, deployed sinatra app for all the interwebs to see.

Having never formally taught teenagers, I was nervous on how quickly they'd pick up the material or if they'd even be interested in any of it. With the help of a fantastic co-teacher, we quickly built a class that was not only excited to come to class, but also code!

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Students showing off their code in front of friends and family.

Not your average classroom

Sure, kids were spending full days inside a room learning things. You'd think it'd be a lot like school, but it wasn't. And we made sure of it.

Classroom culture was key and easily one of the most imporant parts of our classes. We made sure to have plenty of breaks, do improv and have a classroom that wouldn't be afraid of being silly in front of each other.

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Making code fun with poster making and silly sites

Final Projects

The first round of final projects set the bar high! Before starting I thought it was crazy making kids build an app in only a couple days. But they constantly suprised me and put these projects together like they'd been coding for years.

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The brilliant team behind the Eat Your Feelings final project app. </a>

The next generation of female coders
The always entertaining team behind the Dr Excuse Generator final project app. </a>

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The punny team that built The Punnerator as their final project had way too much fun! </a>