Our Academy is a chance to focus on one subject at a time to build better knowledge and understanding of a particular concept. We will feature a guest speaker who is well-versed in our semi-weekly topic, have a bit of hands-on activities, and then break up into groups to socialize and work on projects together! Come join us, learn something new, and help out those who are interested in learning! Did we mention FREE PIZZA?!
Code Camp is a program produced by CodeRGV for the Rio Grande Valley and the McAllen Public Library to expose children and teenagers of the McAllen area and the RGV to computer programming, also known as coding. It will be offered free of charge on a first come first serve basis. All teenagers from ages 11-17 are encouraged to sign up on the Code Camp website at http://codecamprgv.com/register
In addition to the classes offered, adults who make programming and coding their career choice will show up to the sessions to provide insight into what it is like to be involved in that industry. For example, if the theme of the week is centered around game design, we will invite game developers to attend the session to show off what they do, give some insight into their profession, and show examples of what they create. By doing this we hope to not only take the mystery out of programming, but encourage the youth with real-world examples of how to make a career doing something they love related to programming and design.
Our mobile classroom allows us to be the vehicle that delivers more than just a fun environment to the communities we serve. Due to the unique nature of our program, it opens up opportunities for us to teach more than just computer science and coding. With a full virtual reality studio using 15 40″ high-definition screens, we can transport visitors to national museums or across the galaxy. With 14 workstations, we can provide job training assistance, financial literacy, healthcare advocacy, and job application assistance.
Here are some of the programs that you will find available through our programs:
Thanks to the sponsorship of HP Aruba Networks, Cradlepoint Networks, and Github, the COW provides free Wi-Fi for the nearby neighborhood. Access to Wi-Fi and the Internet is essential to the success of the student because our region has invested in the deployment of iPads and Google Chromebooks to every student. Since launch our school districts have learned many lessons; foremost is that students do not have the immediate access to the Internet at home. Thus, #HomeworkGap, as coined by FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, is the gap between the technology resources available at school but lacking at home. Students are forced to visit chain restaurants, coffee shops, and other noisy, high traffic, nd obtrusive public environments which are not conducive to their education or their health. In an article from 2013 in the Wall Street Journal, the problem was summarized best: a student shouldn’t have to buy a Big Mac to complete their homework. To mitigate this gap, the COW will be equipped with an always-on Wi-Fi hotspot capable of providing access to the direct vicinity of the vehicle, as well as a 4 small solar powered trailers, which will extend access to a quarter-mile or more radius surrounding the COW for the entirety of its time in the area.
Code RGV assisted in the launch, build out, marketing, and fundraising for the Pharr Boys & Girls Club on this first generation of mobile classrooms. We have turned this ongoing program over to the Pharr Boys & Girls Club and we are proud to say that we were a part of its inception. Additional information available at: www.techbusrgv.com.
This is a new RV that has just been purchased and is waiting to be retrofitted. Although a part of its mission is similar to the 1st generation, this one will have the 4 MHU’s (Mobile HotSpot Units) attached, and a full area dedicated to Virtual Reality, allowing us to take kids across the world to places they have never seen and experience. Photos of this RV are still in raw form while we plan, design and retrofit the vehicle.
We would love to help you with your classroom, community, and special events! Use the form below to submit a request to our COW team and we will get back to you as soon as we can! Thanks!