CODe program at College of the Desert
This past summer, College of the Desert held a new and cost-free program, CODe, for local middle and high school students at the Indio and Palm Desert Campuses. This new program provides opportunities to learn about hardware and software, cybersecurity, white hat hacking, video game design, web design, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi projects. Additionally, students who complete the summer program have an opportunity to join the CODe Club at COD.
CODe ran in 2 sessions: the first session from June 19 – June 29, with the second running from July 31 – August 10. It hosted students from ages 10-17 and had approximately 70 high schoolers and 80 middle schoolers attend from across the Coachella Valley. The CODe website states that, “At CODe we provide a multi-level student and educator focused program whose aim is acquiring skills necessary in the tech industry. The program is based on a two-tier approach. First, was creating a local student club, CODe, for COD students. These students will have the opportunity to participate in activities led by faculty in different areas of interest relating to technology. In turn, these students will assist with summer immersion programs that are aimed at the local high school and middle school student population. Research has repeatedly shown that proper intervention is crucial at the middle school level followed with a structured support through high school all the way to college.”
The club currently meets Fridays, starting at 3pm. The CODe team will be visiting different schools to promote the program, and you can also sign up on their website at: collegeofthedesert.edu/code.