Teachers at Youth Code Jam
Youth Code Jam is a TEA-approved provider of continuing professional education. Our TEA Continuing Professional Education Provider Number is #902-492.
Jam in a Box Applications now open
Applications now open for Jam in a Box for the NISD and NEISD Collaborative
In partnership with Google Fiber San Antonio, Youth Code Jam is excited to offer NISD and NEISD schools an opportunity to apply for a grant award that includes: a $300 stipend, a free Jam in a Box kit and free teacher professional development for up to two teachers/librarians. The kits, combined with the professional development workshop, will equip each selected school to host its own Community Code Jam for families.
How to apply: If your school is interested in participating in this program, please fill out the application here.
What is a Community Code Jam? A Community Code Jam is a hands-on workshop bringing together students, parents and volunteer programmers to learn and grow with code. Imagine all of your students with their adults, elbow to elbow... together as they solve super fun coding challenges. Think of a Family Math or Science Night, but designed completely around solving problems with computing.
You don’t have to know how to code...we’ll teach you how to find the expertise to support your efforts. You don’t have to know how to plan an event...we’ll teach you all the logistics you need. Have students with parents who feel more comfortable speaking Spanish? All of our activities are translated into Spanish. Don’t have equipment or robust Internet access? We have alternative activities that don’t require either.
Why host a Community Code Jam at your school?
Track Record: To date, Youth Code Jam has supported Community Code Jams at 37 schools in 21 Texas cities, through our Jam in a Box community engagement model training.
Powerful Outcomes: Jams are a great way to get students excited about computer science, build their confidence in their skills and inspire them to imagine themselves in the technology-driven jobs of the future. It engages parents and builds interest.
· 95% of students say they intend to continue learning to code
· 96% of students understand the next steps to take to continue learning to code
· 97% of parents understand the connection between computers and jobs
· 93% of parents express an intent to help their child continue to learn to code
Community Engagement: Our model wraps support around you so you don’t feel they have to do it all alone. We show you how to get community support, expert volunteers and funding. And we will help along the way. Our team of educators and programmers are just a call or email away. We’ll check in periodically to see if your team needs anything to help them as you plan your school’s Community Code Jam.
Pre-vetted: We’ve got eight years and 53 jams under our belt. In fact, we run Texas’ largest family coding event every year, right here in San Antonio, with more than a thousand participants. We know where the problems hide and how to avoid them.
What comes in the box?
The Jam in a Box kit includes what you need to host your own Community Code Jam.
Jam logistics checklist
Parent resource materials
TEKS-aligned coding station activity materials
Unplugged coding activity supplies
Youth Code Jam Berriables™ board game
What is the timing on this grant award?
Deadline to apply extended: August 15, 2019
Schools notified: August 10 - 25, 2019
Teacher workshop: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Jams hosted: October 2019 to May 2020
Deadline for return of data: June 1, 2020
What do I need for the application?
The application is online here. Deadline to apply is August 15, 2019. You and your school will need to commit to the following:
Two individuals (teachers/librarians) from your school to spearhead the project.
Attendance at the September 7 workshop.
Agree to host a Community Code Jam prior to the end of the 2019-20 School Year.
An administrator’s letter of support with your application.
Agree to use our surveys and return the data along with photos/videos by June 1.
Complete a final report on how your Jam was received by June 1.
September 7, 2019
Intro to Contextualized Coding for the Elementary School Classroom: Beyond the Hour of Code
Join us for a full day of contextualized coding for the 3rd through 5th grade classroom.We’ll cover how to take code out of its CS silo and integrate it across core curriculum. We’ll cover scratch, micro:bits and more. Cost: Free, lunch on your own
November TBD, 2019
Teacher Jam: Prepare for the Hour of Code with all kinds of coding activities for K12 students
Imagine our Community Code Jam, but just for teachers. Explore with us at a dozen different coding stations with a dozen different coding languages.
Youth Code Jam provides hands-on experiences with teachers using a variety of block-based and text-based coding languages and physical computing devices, helps them design activities around lesson plans across curriculum and helps them understand the computational thinking mindset.
Interested in having Youth Code Jam come to your city or school to do training? Contact us.
Check back here or on our event calendar for our 2019 training calendar for our professional development workshops.
Available Topics for Workshops: Contact us for more information about bringing our workshops to your school.
Mobile app design
Lit*Bits: coding with a literary twist
Elementary School Coding Clubs
DIY Family Jams
DIY Coding/Cybersecurity Escape Rooms
Lending Library (available for loan to current school teachers)
Merge VR Goggles and Cubes
Interested in having Youth Code Jam come to your city, school or district to offer teacher professional development? Contact us.