Based on an earlier study by Google in partnership with Gallup, 51% of Black students and 47% of Latino students across the United States, do not attend computer science classes in school. Naturally, creating a digital gap between youth from the Black and Latino communities compared to other young people from other communities. Google has set up Code Next in Oakland, to try and bridge this digital divide.
Code Next offers lessons in coding and basics of computer science for free. It is mainly targeting youths from Black and Latino backgrounds. On its first run, Code Next will enroll 70 eighth graders in Oakland; another group of 70 students will be enrolled in a second Code Next to be set up in Harlem by the year 2017. For now, students in New York will attend the same classes at the Google’ NYC headquarters.
Code Next Curriculum
The curriculum to be taught to the students enrolled in the Code Next classes was developed in consultation with the MIT Media Lab. It will teach students matters how to code, coupled with a hands-on approach and exposing them to …read more