Code.X is a three-year Computer Science and Design Thinking program for high school students that empowers them to become changemakers in their communities. It leverages the talent and passion of students from Stanford University and affords them the opportunity to teach promising students in Code.X programs around the world.

 
 
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Those classes were like a treasure for me

I learned how to think outside the box, how to be confident, how to be willing to take risks.

- Code.X Graduate, 2017

 
 

We operate in developing countries and within refugee communities, working through a country-by-country decentralized structure with local partners that act as owners of the program.

Code.X launched a pilot in 2015 and graduated its first cohort of students in from the full three year program last summer.

 

Our Approach

Our emphasis is on changing mindsets to grow students as change agents. By integrating computer science, design thinking, and cultural exposure, students gain not just technology skills, but also how to use those skills to identify and create solutions.

Code.X's three-year program focuses on quality of instruction and providing a life-changing experience; comprised of:

  2-week Summer Camps:  Students learn Python and Android, along with the Design Thinking process; taught by Code.X volunteers each summer after 9th, 10th and 11th grades

2-week Summer Camps: Students learn Python and Android, along with the Design Thinking process; taught by Code.X volunteers each summer after 9th, 10th and 11th grades

  Year-long Instruction:  Weekly sessions during the school year for students to practice coding skills and flexing Design Thinking muscles; led by local staff from our partners

Year-long Instruction: Weekly sessions during the school year for students to practice coding skills and flexing Design Thinking muscles; led by local staff from our partners

  Capstone Project:  A team project where students use the design process to identify a real problem that affects their communities, and address that problem by developing an Android app

Capstone Project: A team project where students use the design process to identify a real problem that affects their communities, and address that problem by developing an Android app

Separately, with each partner, Code.X also promotes the Hour of Code with Code.org in order to raise awareness, create interest in the program, and create links to the global tech community.


Our Stakeholders

  Students:  A diverse mix selected based on aptitude and drive, through a partner-led application process - 50% female and a mix of socio-economic backgrounds

Students: A diverse mix selected based on aptitude and drive, through a partner-led application process - 50% female and a mix of socio-economic backgrounds

  Volunteer Instructors:  Current students and recent alumni from Stanford University, selected by Code.X are responsible for holistic student education in 2-3 week summer camps, alongside local co-instructors

Volunteer Instructors: Current students and recent alumni from Stanford University, selected by Code.X are responsible for holistic student education in 2-3 week summer camps, alongside local co-instructors

  Local Partners:  Code.X is designed for sustainability; We typically partner with companies in the Information and Technology sectors with a sizable CSR program - partners are responsible for program marketing and execution

Local Partners: Code.X is designed for sustainability; We typically partner with companies in the Information and Technology sectors with a sizable CSR program - partners are responsible for program marketing and execution


Our Goals

Inspire  a drive for meaningful impact

Code.X’s emphasis on Design Thinking, coupled with long-term exposure to Stanford students, instills in students an action-oriented attitude for positive community change.

Generate interest and investment in technology education

Attracting students to the field of technology at an early age, and inspiring the organic creation of fully-local CS education programs.

Establish a standard for learning culture 

Code.X has an intense focus on quality in order to set a standard for education programs, as well as instilling longer-term thinking around education and cultures of learning.

 

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