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Code/Interactive Partners with Success Academy to Integrate Music in Computer Science Education & Cultivate Entrepreneurship Skills to Low-Income Students

June 20, 2016 by

June 20, 2016 — New York, NY — Code/Interactive (C/I), a computer science education non-profit based in New York City, has partnered with Success Academy, public charter school network, to provide their diverse students the opportunity to integrate music with JavaScript. C/I’s summer program will also help students gain the value of entrepreneurship by learning how to build apps through the MIT App Inventor.

C/I’s summer of code with Success Academy will inspire middle school and high school students from low-income backgrounds to become artists and engineers through coding their own musical beats. In this unique learning approach, students will use Georgia Tech software, EarSketch to gain computer science skills to create custom beats and access to top compelling music blocks by Young Guru, grammy-nominated, audio engineer for Jay Z.

In addition, MIT App Inventor, an innovative introduction to programming and app creation, will have students become entrepreneurs by creating their own mobile apps. MIT App Inventor by MIT’s Center for Mobile Learning will have students walk away with a completed app and business plan.

The summer program will also provide students amazing opportunities from the tech community’s support to contribute to their inspiration of becoming diverse tech leaders and entrepreneurs. The White House Reach Higher Career App Challenge will give students the unique experience of collaborating ideas with beta app inventors to help with the final prototypes. Another highlight, will be the students’ visit to Twitter’s Headquarters for an office tour experience, connecting them with their engineering team to share their current projects and the new tech skills they will learn.

For more information about this partnership and on student projects, contact Code/Interactive’s Program Director, Tom O’Connell at [email protected].


About Code/Interactive:

Code/Interactive. C/I is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the next generation of diverse technology leaders from low-income communities. C/I equips students—male and female, from diverse ethnic backgrounds—with the necessary technical and social skills to pursue high-paying jobs in the 21st-century economy. Founded in 2001, our three scaffolded programs provide students from low-income communities with computer science education, entrepreneurial mentorship and career-readiness training.

About Success Academy:

Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools is the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City. Admission is open to all New York City children, including those with special needs and English language learners. Students are admitted by a random lottery held each April. Success Academy operates 34 schools serving 11,000 students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Across the network, 76% of students are from low-income households; 8.5% are English Language Learners, and 12% are special needs students. About 93% of students are children of color.  

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