The Five Parts to our Program:
1) Weekend Training: Based on recommendations from schools and organizations, CodeNow selects up to 20 students to attend a weekend training. On the first day, students are taught Hackety Hack, an open source application geared toward youth that teaches them how to create software in an easy to understand way. On the second day, we use Lego Mindstorms, a line of programmable robotics/construction toys manufactured by the Lego Group, to teach students how to build and program robots.
2) Online Course Work: After the weekend training students complete online assignments and projects to develop their skills.
3) Boot Camp: Students who participate in a weekend training and complete a project/course work qualify to attend one of our boot camps, which will take place over winter and summer breaks or consecutive weekends. Boot camps consist of intensive training in the one of the most popular and in demand programming languages used today, Ruby.
4) Netbooks: Each student who completes the training, project, and boot camp receives a netbook they can use to continue developing their skills.
5) Alumni Community: Once students have completed the boot camp, they become part of our alumni community. They receive mentoring and assistance with finding internships. Graduates of our program are invited to a monthly meet-up and events such as hackathons where professional programmers come together over a weekend to build tools for a particular cause in a short period of time. Programmers involved in these events will be tapped to serve as mentors.