At our 2 Chicago locations we have had a great response from the members at the Boys and Girls Club to the CS-First program. There were some students who would go home and continue to work on the their scratch projects. Almost all the students that completed the first CS-First program returned to participate in our second session of the program at our Club One location. The kids just can’t get enough of CS-First and Scratch! The students were so excited about completing the first session of CS-First they wanted to throw a party. So we got some paper for them to make signs to decorate and they all brought in snacks to celebrate. In the picture you can see their decorations and excitement.
While we have had a great response from the members of the Club we are in the process of overcoming a couple obstacles with implementing CS-First. The biggest being our limited access to technology within the clubs. Basically we have more club members interested in participating in the program than computers available. To overcome this obstacle Kelly and I are in the process of applying for grants to bring more technology into the Chicago clubs.
Overall we have been able to introduce over 80 students to computer science through the four CS-First Clubs we have been able to run in Chicago. While we are working on getting more technology to expand within the Boys and Girls Club, Kelly and I are also spreading the word on CS-First to the schools throughout Chicago. We plan to continue to expand within the Boys and Girls Club as well as through out the Chicago school system to try and expose as many students to the wonders of Computer Science as possible.