Our purpose and vision is one of:
“Fostering the growth of our technology community by providing not-for-profit, volunteer based, STEM workshops.”
In pursuing our vision we:
- Share and Teach: by providing the opportunities for locals (from kids, to tech-learners and IT professionals) to learn new technologies and programming languages.
- Connect and Grow: Connect local IT experts from our technical community to community-learners and facilitate the sharing of their knowledge with the community – and in doing so grow the technical creative capacity of our community.
What do we offer and who’s our target audience?
Who Targeted Workshops
Kids (9-17) Kids Series
Technical Learners General/Learner Series
IT/Dev Professionals IT-Pro Series
What types of classes do we/have we offered?
Most all of our workshops are 2-3hr, hands on workshops provided and TAd by community technologists and IT-professionals from the Blacksburg and New River Valley. Our hands on workshops vary across many STEM and computer science fields:
- Intro to C++
- Intro to Go
- Intro to Python
- Into to Python Game Programming
- Intro Android / iPhone App Dev
- Intro to Arduino Programming
- Arduino Drawing Robotic Arm / Robotics
- Kids: Arduino Based Webserver
- Kids: Controlling Your World w/Arduino
- IT-Pro: Test Driven Development
- IT-Pro: .Net / C# OO Inheritance
We were started by Rackspace employees in 2012 to help leverage some of the über-cool technology expertise within Blacskburg and the New River Valley to “water the grass” of our communities technological capacity. Our goals are to share and teach, and connect and grow. Since we are a group of not-for-profit volunteers, local tech companies such as Rackspace, Tech Pad, RBTC, Tek-Systems and others are pitching in on our worthwhile mission of growing the innovative and technical prowess of our area.
How Can I Help?
Contact us at core(at)letscodeblacksburg.org and volunteer to help teach, or even sponsor one of our workshops at your company’s space. And of course, we will always simply take donations. 🙂
If a photo is worth a thousand words, then this pretty much says it all: