Students Learn the Benefits of Computer Coding

Michael LaVista visits UNO Charter School to show children the benefits of learning how to code.

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Michael LaVista at UNO Charter School

Michael LaVista at UNO Charter School's Coding Club

“It was great to see so many kids interested in learning code, especially the girls. I think the computer nerd stigma is going away as people realize the value of computer knowledge when it comes to finding a job,” said LaVista.

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

The “Learn to Code” movement has been reaching out to school age children, and UNO Charter Schools are showing their support by offering Coding Clubs where students can collaborate and learn the fundamentals of coding. Michael LaVista, CEO of Caxy Interactive and Chicago Web Developer, recently spoke to the Coding Club at the UNO Galewood campus about how learning programming languages can be fun, creative, and a great way to find a good job in a tough economy.

“I am really excited about this new generation of kids who have so many resources to do great things with technology. I was eight years old when I wrote my first bit of code, and I would have loved to have a group to share my ideas with at such a young age,” LaVista said.

LaVista spoke with the students about how he became interested in coding and listened to their stories about why they think coding is important and cool. The students were fascinated by seeing the source code behind some of Caxy’s applications. They all joked about being called nerds, and LaVista discussed with them how that stereotype has changed.

“It was great to see so many kids interested in learning code, especially the girls. I think the computer nerd stigma is going away as people realize the value of computer knowledge when it comes to finding a job,” said LaVista.

Many technology companies have come together to support the spread of programming knowledge. Sites like Code Academy make learning how to code easy and free for people of all ages, and Code.org has testimonials on the importance of learning how to code from some of the world’s most influential people, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and even Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Caxy Interactive is a custom website development and technology consulting company located in Chicago’s West Loop. Focusing on open source technology, Caxy Interactive specializes in content management, database development, and unique website applications.

UNO currently operates 13 charter schools including its first high school in Chicago, serving over 6,000 Hispanic students and families each year. Over the past 25 years, UNO has focused on three direct principles: improving education, promoting citizenship and cultivating leaders, all to ensure the economic advancement for generations of Hispanics, and setting an example of what’s truly possible.


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