Berkshires Summer Code Kick Off

Berkshires Summer Code Kick Off

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Berkshire Innovation Center

35 Woodlawn Ave.

Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Join us for a Berkshires Summer Code Kick Off!

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We are excited to introduce CanCode as they expand their work here into Berkshire County. Since 2016 Can Code Communities, formerly known as AlbanyCanCode, has been helping adults and K-12 students begin careers in technology. CanCode Communities recognizes that access to quality digital literacy and technology education at a young age has the potential to open doors for our young people, especially those whose communities have traditionally been left out of the tech economy.

In partnership with The Berkshire Innovation Center, The Berkshire County Superintendent Roundtable, Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Museum, and General Dynamics we are excited to offer a Summer Code Kick Day! The program, which will provide early exposure technology skills, will build confidence in the students and awareness of the types of careers that they might pursue. In addition to preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow, our goal is to take students from being consumers of digital content to being creators, able to develop materials to share their voices and engage with their communities. It is our hope that, by investing in technical education for students in communities that are least represented within the current technology workforce, we will begin to shift assumptions about who is suitable for a career in software development and other technology-related jobs.

Join us for a Summer Code Kick Off on June 29th from 10 AM - 12 PM for Berkshire County high school students and educators! The Kick Off will introduce teachers and students to the Scratch platform as well as introduce some of the basics of programming and computational thinking in a user-friendly format. Developed by the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, Scratch is a block-coding tool designed to introduce children and adults to the basic principles of coding and computational thinking. Block coding means that instead of typing in text code to build their programs, Scratch users arrange coding blocks with specific functions that create their programs.

Who: High school students and educators

When: Wednesday, June 29th from 10 AM - 12 PM

Where: Berkshire Innovation Center (45 Woodlawn Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201)

Cost: Free

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