The 2016-2017 school year was another year of major growth for Code Ignite. In our second year of operation, we ran a dozen programs each semester at various middle and high schools in the Nashville area, providing FREE computer science education to over 300 students. Here are some major highlights from the past year.
Code Ignite Named a Recipient of the Google igniteCS Grant
In March 2017, Vanderbilt Code Ignite was announced as a recipient of the Google igniteCS Grant. The grant provides funding to exceptional collegiate organizations that are making an impact in their community through computer science education. Over the course of the coming year, we plan to use this $500 grant to improve the quality, breadth, and accessibility of Code Ignite programs.
Organization Recognized at VALE Awards for Second Consecutive Year
During the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence ceremony (previously the Magnolia Awards), Code Ignite was recognized for its second consecutive year as a top 3 finalist in the "Most Meaningful Service" category. Each year, the VALE awards recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the Vanderbilt community.
Brand-New Middle School Curriculum Launched
After its initial year of pilot testing in the 2015-2016 school year, Code Ignite curriculum developers launched two brand-new curricula in fall 2016. Both six-week curricula are project-based, one focusing on animation, and the other introducing participants to the basics of game design. Each lesson uses meaningful, scaffolded assignments to help students master basic CS skills. Carefully-planned warm up activities ensure that every student can access the day's challenge, while independent work time allows students at all ability levels to show off their creativity.
Code Ignite Co-Founder Presents on Code Education at MNPS Librarians' PD Conference
In November 2016, Code Ignite Co-Founder Sami Chiang hosted a breakout session at the MNPS Librarians' Professional Development Conference on effective CS education for K-12 students. Drawing from her experiences developing and delivering code education through Code Ignite, Sami provided librarians from Nashville public schools with tips and insights on how to implement computer science programs in their own schools.
Code Ignite Featured in Vanderbilt Political Review
Code Ignite was chosen as the Vanderbilt Political Review's first Organization Spotlight in March 2017. The article discusses our mission and features statements from several of our board members. Read the full article here >>
Code Ignite Goes International
Computer science education is important all around the world! In spring 2017, Code Ignite lessons were taught in three culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms in Copenhagen, Denmark. Danish students reported that creating their own games through the program was "really cool and much easier than [they] thought it would be."