iCode Turns One: Elementary & Middle School “Future Engineers” Celebrate First Anniversary & Graduation

WHO & WHAT:

iCode, an after-school and weekend program that offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education to students in first through 12th grade will celebrate its first anniversary with a special graduation ceremony, cake smash, time capsule burial, and more.
Similar to martial arts, students’ mastery is represented by the color of their “belt,” or in this case, lanyards. Instead of moving a graduation tassel, 20 students will trade in their white and orange lanyards for yellow and red colors that represent their next level in the program.

WHEN:

Friday, May 13, 6:00 – 8:30 P.M.
6:00 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.: Games
6:45 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.: Graduation Ceremony
7:15 P.M. – 7:45 P.M.: Time Capsule
7:45 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.: Anniversary Celebration & Raffle
**Interviews with students and Dr. Mauricio Vásquez, director of iCode, will be available before the graduation ceremony and after the celebration

WHERE:

iCode Frisco Campus
4577 Ohio Dr
Frisco, TX 75035

WHY:

Careers in STEAM are in high demand, but high school students show little interest. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 2014, of the 15 major study categories, engineering has the highest median earnings, yet fewer than 20 percent of students choose a STEAM path. When it comes to computer science, the stats are even lower. In fact, computer programming jobs are growing at two-times the national average, but fewer than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.
iCode seeks to fill that gap. This one-year anniversary and graduation ceremony celebrates the efforts of iCode’s young students as they have earned their way to the next steps in their STEAM journey.
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Computer Classes for Children at iCode Frisco Campus

Jobs in the computer science field are plentiful, and with innovative technology breakthroughs, college recruiters are looking for the next Bill Gates or inventor. However, iCode Frisco Campus offers beginning to advanced level computer classes for children at a much earlier age. And children can learn different color belts like they would in karate. From basic computer programming to robotics, and coding for children, these classes give children the tools for success.
The White Belt: iCode has beginner computer classes for children starting at the white belt level. Here, students learn computer programming, robotics, coding, basic HTML, and design classes. This is an excellent way for children to learn the fundamentals of computer science and to find which topic interests them the most.
Orange Belt: The orange level is the intermediate level where children start to see how basic courses fit into the development of specific projects. Whether it be programming, robotics, or design, students will enjoy partaking in different projects related to their interest.
Typical projects children learn in this level include creating a 3D animated world, using digital music to create sampling techniques. They also learn how to use the Pi and Raspbian OS for programming development, working with Lego Mindstorms EV3 and EV3 software. Students in the orange belt level are on their way to becoming a designer, inventor, or programmer by taking these classes.
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Children are exposed to many uses in computer science through mobile devices, video games, computer software, and other electronics. Many are fascinated by learning how to create a mobile app or design a new software program.
In addition, robotics is a complex subject that many employers are having a hard time finding qualified people to fill positions. It’s beneficial when elementary and middle school students take computer classes to get a head start in computer science. Students can take a lot of the knowledge they learn and actually apply it to their future career.
iCode Frisco Campus offers computer classes for students with the benefit of learning at different levels, just like they do in karate classes. And it doesn’t stop at the middle school level. These classes start from white belt to black belt. Also, children have an early start in computer science, making college and training easier for them in their adult life. Come and visit iCode at their Frisco, TX location to register for a class. You can also visit them online, or give them a call at (469) 608-7023.

​Coding for Kids Helps U.S. Meet STEM's High Demand

Educating young minds to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM, should be a crucial aspect of every child’s education if America is to stay competitive with other countries. Reports have shown that the U.S. is lagging behind when it comes to STEM education; that’s why iCode in Frisco, Texas, has a mission to teach kids collaborative learning and problem-solving through robotics and computer programming classes.

Today’s children have educational challenges never seen before in history. Our country has a need for skilled computer programmers to solve problems we don’t even understand yet. Technology moves forward quickly, and other countries, such as Japan, South Korea, and Switzerland, are educating their youth to keep up with STEM’s fast growth, according to Pew Research Center.
Pew also reports that the U.S. does not rank well on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests 15-year-olds around the world on math, science literacy, and reading ability. In the most recent testing in 2012, the U.S. ranked 35th in math and 27th in science out of 64 countries. Classes in coding for kids are an essential step if America is to catch up with the rest of the world.
The high demand in STEM is only increasing, and iCode understands this unfortunate deficit and seeks to make a change with their amazing classes for kids in grades K through 12. Not only do their programming classes teach essential STEM skills, but their teaching methods reflect forward-thinking educational strategies that incorporate open-ended problem solving, creative thinking, and constructive collaboration.

In an iCode classroom, students have the ability to dive deep into a problem and come up with many possible solutions. Leaving behind old-school teaching techniques allows students to really engage with real problems and learn valuable skills as they prepare for their future. Even the high-tech learning space, dubbed the “Think Tank,” incorporates state-of-the-art technology and inspirational examples that enrich each student’s experience.
Robotics and computer programming classes are offered after school and on the weekends for students of all abilities. They also host special events, monthly speakers, and Friday Night Socials that include games and other competitions. If you have a child that has expressed an interest in technology, visit iCode online to discover everything they have to offer.

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Students “Use the Force” at Hour of Code

Misti Clark, curriculum manager at iCode, teaches area students about computer science during first annual iCode Hour of Code event

Students from across Collin County were able to “use the force” at iCode’s first annual Hour of Code event on Friday, December 11 during Computer Science Education Week. iCode hosted Star War’s themed coding activities at its state-of-the-art facility in Frisco that included introductions to Python, JavaScript and gaming. Activities incorporated the beloved characters Obi-wan Kenobi, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to get students engaged and excited about the upcoming movie premier.
Hour of Code, a global grassroots campaign, aims to get students to try a coding activity for one hour during the week of December 7-13.  Groups like iCode hope participation will help demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of computer science, a growing industry with fewer than 2.4 percent of college graduate degrees.
About iCode
iCode is an after school and weekend program that offers holistic STEAM education to students in 1st through 12th grade, equipping them with skills to think critically, solve problems logically and imagine endless possibilities. With its state-of-the-art facility, iCode students have the ability to use the latest technology to design and develop their best ideas into viable solutions under the mentorship and guidance of quality teachers and professors. Once a month, iCode offers a monthly speaker series hosted by leading executives and entrepreneurs from technology companies around the world paired with an evening of fun games and activities. Similar to tae-kwon-doe, students advance through a five-color belt system, ranging from beginner (white belt) to advanced III (black belt).  For more information about iCode, visit icodeinc.com.

iCode Participates at the International Conference on Education as a Human Right

iCode was at DFW World Affairs Council Conference hosted at Southern Methodist University campus on March 28th. The topic was “Education as a Human Right”. It was a very grounding experience to see the endeavors that the awe-inspiring panel members, had taken upon themselves, to make access to education an equal right for everyone.
Participating from iCode, we asked several questions on how they were leveraging technology to bring Education to the Masses and where did Tech Ed figure, in the basic Ed, they were struggling to provide?
On behalf of iCode, we offered access to our scholarship fund to several institutions that were there that have students who would be interested in pursuing an education in computer science. All in all, it was an extremely positive experience. Team iCode is inspired by this engagement.

Why Learning Coding is Important for Kids

At iCode, our teachers work with students in grades 1 through 12, teaching them everything from basic coding, computing essentials, project development, to advanced Java, and iOS development. We believe that when young minds collaborate and brainstorm with one another, it leads the way to previously-untapped innovation and exploration. If you would like to learn why coding is important for kids, read on!
Creativity – Once students learn how to code, the world is their oyster. There are limitless projects that can be completed using code, it all comes down to the student’s imagination and creativity. In our own coding courses, we promote an “outside the box” approach when it comes to innovation and brainstorming. A coding course can teach students to expand their minds and come up with new ways to problem-solve that they have never considered before.
Patience – In order to learn how to properly code, and then how to come up with the perfect idea to design and create, patience is definitely a much needed skill. For children with short attention spans who are used to instant gratification, coding is a multi-step process that will require them to rely on their logic, concentration, and critical thinking skills instead. Enhancing these abilities will help them inside and outside the classroom for years to come.
Extensive Computer Knowledge – There was a time when computer classes simply consisted of learning how to use a word processor and populate a spreadsheet, but those days are behind us now. With a culture that is so deeply saturated with ever-evolving technological advancements, gaining a deeper understanding of how computers work is no longer just a supplementary skill, but a necessary one.
Problem Solving Skills – Several studies have proven that a basic knowledge of coding goes hand in hand with improved problem solving abilities. When you teach your brain to follow the steps required to code, it basically reworks your brain and allows you to look at all other aspects of life with the same level of analytical ability.
If your child has ever shown an interest in robotics, computer science, and gaming, the team at iCode would love to hear from you. We provide a nurturing environment for students of all ages to work together and take their ideas off the page and into the real world. For more information, simply fill out this contact form and one of our staff members will get in touch with you soon!