Google and Hispanic Heritage Foundation complete ‘Code as a Second Language’ course in eight cities using CS-First curriculum

Google and Hispanic Heritage Foundation complete ‘Code as a Second Language’ course in eight cities using CS-First curriculum

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in General

Google and Hispanic Heritage Foundation complete ‘Code as a Second Language’ course in eight cities using CS-First curriculum

GritoBlast! – Google and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) completed the Code as a Second Language (CSL) course in eight cities using CS-First curriculum at middle and high schools in an effort to engage, introduce and teach computer coding to Latino high school students. Google and HHF will present the students with certificates of completion.

“In order to provide America with a value proposition through Latino youth, we need to work backwards from what America needs most,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “Today and in the future, the need is the STEM fields and especially in technology, yet only one out of 10 schools teaches computer coding. We believe the next great innovator will be a Latino or Latina, perhaps sitting in the classrooms we are teaching across the country. We are proud to partner with Google to launch this important effort to help provide our community but moreover our country with a stronger workforce and more innovative minds going forward.”

Cities and schools included:
New York City, NY – The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
Chicago, IL – Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
Los Angeles, CA – Sacred Heart High School
San Jose, CA – Silver Creek High School
Austin, TX – Burnet Middle School
Atlanta, GA – Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
Washington, DC – Cesar Chavez Prep Middle School
Miami, FL – SLAM Sports Leadership and Management Academy

“Our CS First program is designed to help anyone teach kids the basics of coding. Whether you’re a teacher, coach, or volunteer, the program and CS First clubs help inspire kids to see themselves as creators of technology, rather than just consumers of technology. Partnering with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to bring CS First to schools across the country has helped drive impact in communities,” said Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations at Google.

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers. The materials are completely free and available online and are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th.

The CSL concept is that in order to thrive in America’s workforce, Latinos need to learn the language of code the way they learned English. CSL instructors, or CSL Fellows, are members of HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Network and “eco-system” of talent.

CSL effort included: identification of key performance indicators (KPIs) in collaboration with school; baseline survey of students knowledge to test progress throughout CSL course; guest speakers from tech industry; eight, 1-2-hour sessions depending on school schedule; hands-on assistance for students working on course material outside of class time; soft skill development such as leadership and collaboration; work-based learning such as building actual products and present them to peers; and certifications upon completion.

The students will also be funneled to the LOFTnetwork.org for ongoing on-line instruction and connected to other students, mentors, networking, resources, STEM-related events, and later potential internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies.

CSL is also being implemented in up to 30 schools in Los Angeles as well as other cities around the country. This summer, CSL is being taught at the Mexican Consulate in San Jose and Washington, DC, as pilots for a broader effort to teach immigrants how to code from the time they arrive in the United States. To learn more about CSL or to request CSL come to a school or community, visit www.loftcsl.org.