Hack-a-thon at Chicago

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On MLK Day (January 18, 2016), the Chicago team served the urban youth with the Blue1647 organization at the I-Have-a-Dream Hack-a-thon event. This event was an all day event, from 8 in the morning to 10 in the evening. Student participants, grades 7th-12th, learned how to code through creating prototype apps that addressed community problems. None of the youth were required to have prior coding experience, simply a deep curiosity in coding.

In honor of MLK Day, students identified community problems that were related to the issues that Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for. These community problems were violence and hate, voting rights, and unequal rights. The student participants worked closely with the BlueTeam and learned HTML and Materialize CSS to create their apps.

The first app was to join community members of disadvantaged backgrounds and provide them a space where they could advocate for each other. The second app was aimed to encourage young people to vote and provide them information in regards to voting. And the last app was geared towards decreasing hate crimes by promoting non-violence.

More importantly, all of our students had fun! They are looking forward already to attend another Hack-a-thon.


Meet the Warrior!


My name is Kelly Rosiles-Villagomez, and my students calls me “Coding Grandma!” I am proudly serving at the city where I was born and raised in – Chicago! I recently graduated from Lake Forest College (Go Foresters!!) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Mathematics. I have discovered my passion in helping improve education equity through my first AmeriCorps program called City Year (I am still wearing that red jacket!). As a Code Corp I am hoping to see more computer science enrichment programs are integrated to our students’ education. In my free time, I like to get involved in my sorority, dance, and travel. After this year with Code Corps, I would like to pursue a higher degree (M.Ed/Ed.D) with a focus on research and would like to help continue improving the equity and quality of education in my career.

PS. The title of my post is the meaning of my name.