Houston, We have a Problem! Microsoft Store is now Color Coded!

In October, Color Coded Kids began offering classes in the Microsoft Store in the Galleria Mall in Houston, TX. The class mirrors the video game design 12-week course being offered in St. Louis and Arlington, VA.  The developer, Jason Rodgers has many years of software development and programming skills.  Color Coded Kids Video Game Design course will be offered multiple times throughout the year. For more information, please visit Become a CODEt in Houston. 

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Color Coded Kids in Cool Valley!

Color Coded Kids volunteered at Cool Valley Elementary School's STEAM night on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Students rotated room to room doing activities related to science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Color Coded Kids showed the basic functions of coding and helped the kids find their way through programming exercises. Many of the kids had never heard of coding and was fascinated with how it works. It was a great way to spend the evening! 

 Image 1: Founder, Shay Gillespie helping students with writing code.    Image 2:  Students writing code and understand the basic of computer programming. 

Image 1: Founder, Shay Gillespie helping students with writing code.  

Image 2:  Students writing code and understand the basic of computer programming. 

Listen to CCK Founder speak on entrepreneurship and stepping out of your comfort zone.

About the Podcast: 

Entrepreneurs are driven to identify and solve problems. In the entrepreneurial ecosystem it’s called the “pain” point of customers. Shay Gillespie and Jared Arms created their businesses out of distinctly different sources of personal pain. Coincidentally, each had a passion and focus to improve opportunities for African-American children in the technology sector with coding and programming instruction. 

Shay, the founder and owner of “Color Coded Kids” knows the impact of technology on a global scale and from a corporate vantage place, while Jared, at just 23 years old, founded “Kylar for Kids” and entered into the IT space from a very different and unlikely point of origin. 

Shay needed a practical and accessible source for IT instruction for her young son and discovered most of the mothers she knew shared that need. Jared got started while responded to the pain of losing friends and loved ones to gun violence. Each of them stumbled onto very viable answers to a common community need—access to resources and information. Both now have not only created opportunities for themselves, they have changed the landscape for generations to come. This is not an average conversation. Join Cheryl and Christy with Shay and Jared in this episode that will change the way you view entrepreneurship, your roadmap and unforeseen business opportunities.

In this episode:
How finding the answer to the unasked questions can become your great business idea!
How important the role of a mentor and partnership can be in getting your idea off the ground.
What do you do if you don’t know all there is to know about your business, industry or market?
Where you can find great programming instruction for your kids, yourself and the elders.
How you can earn a significant living in the IT sector with unlimited opportunities.

Color Coded Kids is in the Microsoft Store!

Color Coded Kids is now offering classes in the Microsoft Store in two locations; St. Louis Galleria Mall in St. Louis, MO and The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.  This 12-week course covers the basics of the computer programming language, JavaScript including introducing the concepts of variables, operators, arrays, conditional statements, loops and functions. By the end of the course, students will design their own web based video games.  

Course Schedule is as follows: 

Weeks 1-4:  Level 1: Introduction to Coding

Weeks 5-8:  Level 2: Coding Novice 

Weeks 9-12: The CODEt

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Color Coded Kids is Bringing Software Development to the Kids of Arlington, VA

Arlington, VA – February 27, 2017 - Color Coded Kids (www.colorcodedkids.com) will launch a 12-week program designed to teach students software development in its new location in Arlington, Virginia inside the Microsoft Store located in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.  Classes begin April 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm for one hour a week. According to a report published by Microsoft, there will be 1,000,0000 unfilled software development positions in the US by 2020.  Color Coded Kids is gearing up the next generation of technology leaders to ensure there is an abundance of resources for those unfilled positions.

“Although we are an inclusive organization, our goal is to expose children to computer programming at an early age to increase the pipeline of future engineers, especially in the minority community,” said Shay Gillespie, CEO of Color Coded Kids. Research has shown introducing a programming language in elementary school will create an early passion for computer development.”

Color Coded Kids’ customized 12-week program takes kids through the fundamentals of coding, including learning how to write the programming language JavaScript with the final ability to code their own video games using their unique curriculum. The classes are taught by industry experts in the fields of software development, computer programming and software engineers.  Color Coded Kids is an interactive, fun and education classroom headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please contact info@colorcodedkids.com.