Many organizations increase access to computer science education, but most students still don't want to learn to code, particularly the students who need it most. In fact, even when low-income schools start CS classes, only around 8% of students take interest.
StudentRND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which solves this problem. We run events which appeal to students with little or no programing interest and, by the end of each event, show them that coding is both fun and impactful — both individually, and on the world as a whole. After attending, we support students through our large community, and through partnerships with other events.
We see dramatic improvements in students after attending our event. 80% of students with no prior interest in computer science continue programming after an event, 74% attend community tech events, and nearly a half go on to major in CS.
Several key principles, developed by building on academic research and improved through dozens of iterations, have led us to such successful programs:
Fun, hands-on experiences get students talking about how fun coding is, in a way classes never can.
From artists to mathematicians, our programs show students how coding can complement their existing interests.
A majority of students who are currently un-interested in coding come from backgrounds without much access to technology.
We work to connect students across schools, cities, and demographics, to build communities which support students life-long: from learning to code through looking for jobs.
In addition to his experience at the head of a Y Combinator-backed tech startup, Tyler brings several years of experience teaching CS in high schools.
Before becoming Executive Director, Tyler worked as the Program Director for StudentRND. For his work with StudentRND, he's been named one of the top 30 under 30 in the Seattle area.
Christy brings years of non-profit experience from her time as the founder of Splunk4Good, Splunk's charitable arm.
While at Splunk, she also served as the VP of Product Operations and Engineering, and is currently the VP of Operations at ContextRelevant.
Charlie is the Director of Product for Amazon Alexa and Echo. He was previously the General Manager of Windows Phone.
In addition to working to develop much of the early curriculum and pedagogy of CodeDay, Zaq has been one of the organization's earliest volunteers. He works as an Engineer at Tune.
Bob is a seasoned entrepreneur in the Seattle area, an advisor to UP Global/Startup Weekend and a mentor at Techstars with a background in engineering and software development.
The original founder of StudentRND, Edward served as its Executive Director until early 2014. He's currently a Developer Evangelist at Stormpath, and previously led Business Development for PadMapper.