Driving Digital Literacy. For All Our Children.
 
 

STEM CODING Lab

We’re a nonprofit organization teaching children in underserved communities computer skills to better prepare them to compete and succeed in the digital world.

We are currently working in the Pittsburgh North Side area school district with the goal to expand to other underserved communities in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It is a well known fact that languages are best learned at a young age. Computer programming languages are, in our view, just another form of modern communication – as important or more important than learning Spanish or French!

These languages and skills are essential for survival in the modern digital world. Providing all of our children, regardless of income level, access to and exposure to computers and programming is the best path for them to succeed in this increasingly competitive global economy.

 
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Who we are: Mission – Vision

Our mission is to provide children in underserved communities access to computer resources and education to better prepare them to compete in the digital world.

We envision a world where all children have the same opportunity to succeed regardless of income levels.

Our Relevance

The passion for our vision stems from a few simple facts:

 
  • Only 40% of our schools teach computer programming – and in underserved communities this number is much lower.
  • Computer programming is introduced in the 1st grade in most private schools in India – and in most schools in China.
  • In England computer science is mandatory for children between the ages of 5 and 16.
  • The number of software professionals graduating in India and China is 5 to 10 times the number graduating in the US.
  • In a digital world and a global economy – our children – especially from our underserved communities, are not equipped to compete and succeed.

The facts are clear and resounding. Coding is a must for all of our children just like learning the English language is a must. Our underserved communities will fall further behind unless we act now.

 
 
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Programs

In-School Program

Our future hopes and plans are to help provide elementary and middle school CS classes, on a full-time basis, to schools that currently are unable to offer them to their students. 

After-School Program

We are currently working with the Pittsburgh Public School District and various community organizations, to offer free CS classes in our after-school programs to elementary and middle school students. These project-based enrichment classes will expose our youth to a wide range of CS concepts.

 
 
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Resources

Using a combination of onsite (course structure, materials, computer hardware and components, etc.) and online resources we provide exposure and training to our children in computer programming and computer hardware. Our staff and volunteers are trained specialists with backgrounds in computer science.

Online Resources

Online resources used by our instructors include:

Onsite Resources

Onsite resources used by our instructors include:

  • Course curriculum and teaching plan
  • Classwork exercises and projects
  • Raspberry Pi and components
  • Laptops & other hardware
 
 
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Volunteers

Would you like to help? We offer training and many volunteer opportunities. Come join us in helping to make a difference in the lives of our students. For more information about current volunteer opportunities and how to begin the process of becoming a volunteer, use the contact form on this page to contact our staff. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

Volunteer positions include:

  • Programming Instructors
  • Code.org curriculum instructors
  • Computer Hardware and computer vision instructors
  • Fundraising and event planning
  • Volunteer coordination
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Contact

STEM Coding Lab Learning Center
800 Vinial Street, Suite A200
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 697 2665

For more information or questions:
info@stemcodinglab.org

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