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Youth Code Jam joins CSforAll Consortium

Youth Code Jam is proud to be the newest member in The CSforAll Consortium, a national collaborative of education providers, schools, funders, and researchers working to support the mission of expanding access to CS education for all students and to support student pathways to college and career success.

The Consortium, launched in 2016, is designed […]

By |June 5th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Youth Code Jam teaches coding at Bibliotech East

Bibliotech recently opened a new branch on the east side with a beautiful new Maker Space. Youth Code Jam is excited to be in that space weekly doing hands-on, fun coding activities with the kids. This new project, titled Lit*Bits™, focuses on taking literary themes and integrating them into coding projects.

April, for example, The Gruffalo […]

By |May 9th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Steps to Better Thinking: Four strategies to help develop computational thinking skills

“Computational thinking is going to be a defining feature of the future,” starts the article in Wired Magazine. Powerful words about an old concept with newfound energy behind it. Doubtful? Check out how ubiquitous it has become: there’s computational biology, computational library science, computational mathematics, computational design. Throw out any subject, and you’re likely to […]

By |February 21st, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Youth Code Jam advances to the finals of San Antonio’s first Philanthropitch

Philanthropitch, the social impact fast-pitch event that helps innovative nonprofits scale sustainable models, today announced the 7 finalists destined to take the stage in the live, audience participation event. Presented by The Bank of San Antonio, finalists including Youth Code Jam, Hemisfair Conservancy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, VETTED, Reasoning Mind, Restore Education, and […]

By |February 12th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Youth Code Jam ATX

Live in Austin or just need another Youth Code Jam fix? We’re excited Coding4TX is collaborating with us to run the first-ever Youth Code Jam ATX!

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
2 to 5 p.m.
Center for STEM Education at UT Austin
George I. Sanchez Bldg, 1912 Speedway
FREE

Join in for an action-packed afternoon of […]

By |February 2nd, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Youth Code Jam wins first SVPSA pitch!

Youth Code Jam is honored to be selected as Social Venture Partners San Antonio’s first project and to have this unique philanthropic organization join us on this journey over the next three years. SVPSA members have committed their knowledge, talent, experience and financial support to innovating with us. I think we will look back at this […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Youth Code Jam to provide Teacher Professional Development workshops

On January 25, 2017, UT-Austin announced that WeTeach_CS had received a $5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide professional development to computer science teachers around the state and to help increase the numbers of certified CS teachers in Texas. Youth Code Jam, a TEA-approved provider of teacher continuing education, is honored […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Latest News, Teacher Professional Development|0 Comments

Philanthropitch comes to San Antonio

An innovative new way to fund nonprofits is coming to San Antonio, and Youth Code Jam is honored to be among the semi-finalists. Think of a mashup of Shark Tank and crowd funding for nonprofits. And you can take part in the super fun final event!

Philanthropitch is a social impact, fast-pitch event connecting nonprofits with […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

WeTeach_CS Announces New CS Collaborative with Youth Code Jam

On January 25, 2017, UT-Austin announced that WeTeach_CS had received a $5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide professional development to computer science teachers around the state and to help increase the numbers of certified CS teachers in Texas. This is not the first time TEA has given support to WeTeach_CS. […]

By |January 30th, 2017|Latest News, Teacher Professional Development|0 Comments

Taking the Hour of Code Home

Many schools are participating in the Hour of Code this week, but #CSEdWeek lasts all week long. So how do you extend the learning at home…especially if parents don’t know how to code? San Antonio’s Youth Code Jam founding executive director, Debi Pfitzenmaier, has some ideas. “We play around with a lot of programs to […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Latest News, Resources|0 Comments