Palm Beach Code School is proud to be partnering with Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach, Florida as part of it’s Summer Jam SMART Ministries which provides inner city kids an opportunity to have enriching experiences in the Sciences and Arts in a safe environment.  This summer Katherine Martin, a graduate of Palm Beach Code School’s Web Developer Program taught graphic design, front end web development, visual programming and electrical engineering to elementary and middle school students. 

Part of the mission at UYI is to love, equip and empower inner-city youth which is important to Katherine who is a STEAM advocate passionate about giving back to the community.

“I have been very fortunate to have had an amazing tech journey thus far. I feel it is important to share my journey and to inspire girls and minority children to be curious about technology and that they too can learn to code, design and build. These kids had absolutely no experience or exposure to coding, now they can build a website, a game and wire a micro controller.  After 4 weeks working with these kids, I am amazed at their level of determination. It has been very rewarding to see these kids progress throughout the summer and see their level of interest rise. They’ve learned that these skills are critical for the future and I hope to empower them with a new skill set that may drive them further in life. ” 

Ms. Kat as she is known to her students, developed the summer curriculum for the four classes she taught. Students in the Thursday  morning class learned Inkscape and those in the afternoon class learned HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The students interested in hardware and software worked on Scratch, and Makey Makey while the older kids worked with Arduino learning the fundamentals of electrical engineering. 

We recently held an open house at the UYI campus for the parents to see what we have been working on over the past few weeks. Students were also able to display their designs, websites and projects. Over all, this has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved, and Palm Beach Code School hopes to do more community collaborations like this in the future.

For more information on PBCS youth program please contact Jim York at 561.855.6575.