The Monarch School, located in downtown San Diego, enrolls children impacted by homelessness. Our first set of classes started in February and were a major success. Students were taught practical programming concepts and worked through exercises which reinforced these new concepts.
These classes were a success in several ways: not only were the students challenged to focus and create solutions but, also, their confidence would increase with every session. In every class, we would observe students pairing up to help each other understand the problems and the answers. A few of our stellar students even focused on finding the most "efficient" solutions!
Here are our students learning about "pair programming" by pairing up and helping their blindfolded partner navigate the obstacle course:
Input from one of the students at Monarch regarding our introductory coding class:
Students solving programming exercises: