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About Holyoke Codes

Our Mission

Holyoke Codes provides opportunities for kids to be involved in coding, robotics, and technology.

Technology skills are an important part of being literate in today’s society. We provide access to resources and tools to develop technical skills, and we introduce the material in an accessible, supportive environment that ensures successful experiences. We encourage people to develop creativity, abstract thinking, systematic reasoning, collaborative working skills, and confidence so they will thrive in any environment.

We encourage and support diversity in our workshops. Through partnerships with afterschool programs we reach out to groups currently underrepresented in the technology industry, including people of color, low-income families, and girls. We believe that providing access to these opportunities has the potential to inspire kids and transform their lives and their communities.

Holyoke Codes is a collaborative partnership among a number of organizations and individuals. Collectively we have a broad range of complementary talent and resources. We infuse educational best practices into our workshops and create a fun learning environment that is well received by both kids and parents. We develop successful new curricula, as is often needed in this newly emerging field, and emphasize sharing so that these materials can have an impact on the broader community.

Our Team

Scratch, Maker, Design

Lissie Fein

Scratch, Robotics, Coding

Andrew Pasquale

Cybersecurity, Java, App Inventor

Beryl Hoffman


Emmett Wald

Unity, Robotics, Maker

Jacob Bashista

Scratch, Web

Joe Bacal

Get Involved!

Do you love technology and teaching? There are many opportunities to be involved in Holyoke Codes. Please get in touch if you'd like to volunteer or work with us.

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We believe providing access to quality creative computing opportunities can inspire kids and transform their lives and their communities.

Your support will help bring computer science opportunities to more kids. Any amount helps. Thank you!

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