“As a student who is on the cusp of graduation at devCodeCamp, I was thrilled to learn I would get the opportunity to teach the eighth grade students of Garden Homes Lutheran School for the day. A chance to expose young minds to the wonderful world of computer programming in a similar way devCodeCamp has opened my mind to the incredible world of software development is not something I would take for granted.
Since the students were familiar with Twitter, we thought it best to help them create a TwitterBot using Python, a computer language that is taught at devCodeCamp. The application, which I learned about on my first day in the fully immersive program, allowed the students to post their creative thoughts to the same Twitter account simultaneously. However, we were not just going to use an ordinary tweet to get the job done. Naturally, this surprised the eager students. Instead, we wanted to inform them that it is also possible to post to Twitter using code.
The devCodeCamp instructors and I walked the students through the necessary steps to accomplish the task at hand. This involved downloading files from GitHub, creating a folder to hold such files, editing Python files, using Terminal to talk to the computer and run the program.
The look on each student’s face when they saw their tweet appear on the large smart TV was priceless. More importantly, the students quickly realized the accomplishment of seeing their tweet live on the Internet occurred through the use of code, which was an important aspect to take away from the experience.
For me, the most rewarding part came at the conclusion of the workshop. When I asked the students what they had learned during their brief time at devCodeCamp, each one nearly leapt out of their seat with their arms raised as high as they could for a chance to be called on to speak. Hearing each student passionately describe the knowledge they gained was amazing. I only wish I could have been there when they talked about the experience with their friends and family later that day.
It is safe to say the community outreach was a success, thanks to the combined effort of Garden Homes Lutheran School Principal, David Dodge, and devCodeCamp. The hope is to continue enlightening students in Milwaukee about the awesome possibilities and opportunities that software development can provide. For me, I am simply thankful to be a part of the special experience.”
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