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.
There is a great need for supplemental technology and engineering programs. Most schools lack the resources, training, or time to maintain an effective program that can adequately educate their student population in technology. Parents are willing to drive great distances because other options are not available where they live.
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.