Teens Get Tech Savvy with 'TechWISE Code Academy'

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News Release: Jane and John Marks Foundation
July 16, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Jane and John Marks Foundation begins its quest today to Bridge the Digital Divide amongst underexposed teenagers with the first session of its “TechWISE Code Academy.” The camp is for 13 through 17 year olds and will run from July 13 -17 from 2pm to 6pm at the Apalachee Ridge Tech Center at 937 Kendall Drive. The CEO of the foundation and former Mayor of Tallahassee, John Marks said “ To get this Code Camp underway is truly a dream come true. It’s just the beginning of what this foundation and our team will do to bridge the gap for our underexposed communities and create developers of digital technology and future business people.” The first TechWISE Code Academy Camp will have 20+ youngsters and because of the strong initial interest we will hold a second session July 20 - 24.

The students will learn to code using the “Raspberry Pi.” Even though it is only the size of a deck of cards, the Raspberry Pi is a powerful computer designed for learning and training. It has been used in projects such as cloud servers, robotics, home automation, and drones. This camp is designed to teach students the ins and outs of coding and technology. The curriculum for this camp will range from teaching the participants the basics of a computer, the basics of the “Rasberry Pi” Linux, computer programming, and students will develop various computer programming projects that will show-o their programming skills. By the end of the week, students will have learned by developing their own project with the “Raspberry Pi” and each student will take home their Pi and continue their journey of learning.

The Jane and John Marks Foundation developed the TechWISE Code Academy to train underexposed communities in digital coding skills, software development, web design and information management. For more information about the Jane and John Marks Foundation, visit www.janeandjohnmarks.org.

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