This was my first night helping to teach the students at Coder Dojo, and oh my goodness what a wonderful program! Coder Dojo differs from STARBASE in that the primary focus is software, with a sprinkling of firmware and hardware thrown in for good measure. It also allows the students to learn a bit more since the program extends through July. As teachers, we also have quite a bit of flexibility and can adjust the programming based on the skill levels of the students; since they're more advanced than we anticipated we can ramp up the lessons to challenge them. It's a fantastic method to teach coding and I am very proud to be part of it!
I was honored to have been invited to be a guest instructor at the STARBASE STEM Camp sponsored by the DoD, Harris Corp, BAE, Indiana Tech, and other organizations. Raytheon encourages its employees to be active in the community, so when I asked to take some time off to help teach at the camp, they enthusiastically agreed.
The students were inquisitive and polite, and they asked excellent questions. I was very impressed with them. We spoke about computer programming, circuit design, how to apply the skills they had learned so far to engineering projects, and the many career options available to them.