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“BYTE” Program - Technology Education for Inner City Children

Program Goal

The Goal of the “BYTE” (Bring Youth to Technology Education) program is to work with inner city kids and increase middle/high school student interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This heightened interest is achieved through technology education and hands-on interactive computer programming.

Background

 Ogie Banks, Cadence's President, is the Byte Program Organizer and an Instructor. BYTE is a Saturday code-academy, designed to provide students from middle to high school age with interactive computer programming lessons, mentorship from industry professionals, and team building skills. Students as young as 11 years old learn how to build web and mobile applications, perform database design, understand cybersecurity, and facilitate project management. As a result of their participation, students in the program are also eligible for college credit.

Each year, the program accepts approximately 30 motivated students to participate in a 16 week program. No prior programming or technology experience is required. After 16 weeks, 5 top students are selected to represent the local organization in a National Computer Science and Programming Competition. In 2013, the team placed 2nd out of 20 competing teams.

Outcomes

As a result of our program, many undecided students have chosen to pursue Computer Science and Engineering degrees at the following universities: UCLA, USC, UC Santa Cruz, Carnegie Mellon, Morehouse, Columbia, MIT, and others.