Hackathon at Monta Loma


By Nate Latif and Isabella Borkovic,  January 11, 2017


The Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club was created with the idea of teaching kids not just how to code, but also to foster a love of coding. At Monta Loma Elementary School we applied this idea in real life with weekly Scratch classes from October until December. Our class centered around the concepts that coding is for everyone and that it?s so much more than simply typing away on a keyboard and staring at a monitor. Our curriculum comprised of weekly mini lessons that taught students the fundamentals and included one-on-one time to make sure they understood the concepts, from if statements to forever loops. The lessons eventually culminated into the final maze project?a game in which the player uses the arrow keys to move a character out of a maze. Upon completion, we asked the students to share their thoughts about the Scratch classes. Most students commented that the class was both fun and engaging and the CENG teachers were helpful. One of the students, Deven Merced described the class as "fun, and sometimes difficult, but that just made it more fun." Isaac Kim said, "This class was super fun, and making the maze was pretty cool as well." After this, we asked the parents of how they viewed the Scratch class. They answered with praise equal or even greater than their children's. All believed this class to be a great benefit to the community, as it was a free, fun and engaging class that taught their kids to code. The seven week class ended with the hackathon in which students finished up their final projects and showcase them to their parents. One parent commented that, "My son really enjoyed this program ad was excited every Wednesday." Ultimately, the hackathon was a huge success and taught each student the basics of coding and more importantly taught them how to love coding.

CENG Brings Free Scratch Programming Classes to Santa Rita and Monta Loma Elementary


By Nate Latif, Public Relations, November 5, 2016


Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) Club is founded by a group of dedicated high school students who wants to improve computer literacy of elementary school students by offering free after-school computer programming classes to disadvantaged communities.


Scratch Programming Class

As our world grows with each technological advancement, minorities are underrepresented in all STEM fields. Studies have shown that barely 5 percent of all educational institutions are made up of minorities. To overcome this problem, CENG is dedicated to bridge the gap by giving the tools that many children need starting at a young age. Our first operation was at Santa Rita Elementary School where we hosted an 8 -week series of Scratch classes and teach students the basics of coding. They learn to make their rocket ship blast off, create their own mazes, build their own games like Breakout and Mario. In the past summer, we offered a weeklong summer Scratch camp at St. Athanasius Church serving needy families.


Monta Loma Scratch and Math Class

As we move from Los Altos to Mountain View, we learned that there is a huge need of free after-school classes in the community. Despite the fact that few free classes are offered, students also lag behind in Math which makes it difficult for them to pursue a STEM career. We are currently hosting a free afterschool 7-week Scratch and Math class at Monta Loma Elementary School in the Mountain View School District. We make our class longer from 1 hour to 1.5 hours so we can help them with their basic math concepts.  


Expanding Class Offerings

Moving forward, we will be offering beginning, intermediate and advance Scratch and other programming classes like JavaScript and Python so the students can improve their skills slowly and gradually.

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CENG Fundraiser and Community Support for Monta Loma Laptop Drive

 

By Nathan Huang, Secretary, May 26, 2017

 

Money Raised by Selling Duct Tape Wallets

On May 20th, the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) club organized a fundraiser in the Mountain View Community Yard Sale held in Rengstorff Park. Club members set up a booth where they sold handmade duct tape wallets donated by member Alyssa Tan. We sold 30 wallets and raised around $180. The new funds will be used to acquire a new chromebook for Monta Loma Elementary.

 

Monta Loma Laptop Drive

CENG held a used laptop drive at Monta Loma Elementary from May 8 to 26 to provide access to technology for more of the school?s students. Our goal is to collect 21 laptops. We had 11 laptop donations and plan to buy a chromebook for the school. The donated laptops will be refurbished and distributed to the students of Monta Loma in the fall. Community members who wish to donate their used, password-disabled laptops may drop them off at the Monta Loma office between Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  Monta Loma Elementary is located at 460 Thompson Road, Mountain View, CA 94043.

 

CENG Year-End Party

CENG also recently held a party at The View Teen Center to celebrate the conclusion of the school year. We recognized our various club members? accomplishments and announced new positions for next year. We remain committed to provide free after school computer coding classes to the community. Collectively, we have accumulated 704 volunteer hours and provided $28,200 worth of coding classes to the community.  Moving forward, CENG will introduce a new junior mentorship program and offer Parent Technology classes with the TechBridgers. CENG had a lot of landmark moments this year and we hope to accomplish even more next year.

 

About CENG

Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) Club is founded by a group of dedicated high school students who want to improve computer literacy of elementary school students by offering free after-school computer programming classes to disadvantaged communities. CENG has offered courses in the past at Santa Rita, Monta Loma Elementary, and St. Athanasius Parish. Find us at cengclass.org or email us at cengclass@gmail.com.

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CENG Launches Junior Mentor Program and Donates New Chromebook at Monta Loma


By Nathan Huang, VP of Operations, October 4, 2017


Junior Mentor Program


Helping his classmates figure out which commands to use for loops and what if statements, Deven Merced shares with them his computer science knowledge.  Deven is one of the two junior mentors at Monta Loma Elementary.  He first started taking Scratch with the course offered by the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club (CENG) last year and learned to create his own rocket ship and maze projects. He also took the course a second time to enhance his knowledge and make more fun projects.  Deven has showed leadership potential and displayed aptitude in computer programming and problem solving skills, and he and Allie Becker received the Outstanding Student Award in March. Both students were invited to be junior mentors.  Passionate to share their knowledge with others, they took on the challenge with enthusiasm and since then have become more approachable influences that keep the group positive. When asked how he felt about being a junior mentor, Deven replied, “I have learned that it's fun and it feels good to teach other students how to code. I've also learned that it is rewarding to see other students be glad with what they have learned in class.”

CENG Donates New Chromebook


After discovering Monta Loma needs three new Chromebooks for their resource teachers, we began to sell duct tape wallets in the Community Yard Sale in May at the Rengstorff Park and raised $187. These funds were used to buy a new Chromebook which will be given to one of the resource teachers. CENG’s new goal this year is to raise enough funds for two more Chromebooks for the school.


Moving forward, CENG plans to keep on expanding the curriculum and bringing more advanced classes such as Javascript and Python to students.


Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) Club is founded by a group of dedicated high school students who want to improve computer literacy of elementary school students by offering free after-school computer programming classes to disadvantaged communities. CENG has offered courses in the past at Santa Rita Elementary, Monta Loma Elementary, and St. Athanasius Parish. For more information regarding CENG, please check out our website cengclass.org.

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CENG Receives $1,000 Community Impact Grant from AI4ALL


By Michelle Zhu, December 9, 2017


The Computer Engineers of the Next Generation Club is a proud recipient of the inaugural AI4ALL community impact grant of $1,000. AI4ALL is a non-profit organization whose mission statement is “to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence and create pipelines for underrepresented talent through education and mentorship program”.


The AI4ALL Community Impact grant is given to selected alumni of their SAILORS program, a summer outreach program at Stanford University that teaches about Artificial Intelligence (AI) to rising 10th grade girls. The purpose of the grant was to help alumni in promoting their own AI clubs and events.


CENG received the grant as well as the support of AI4ALL. The organization’s project manager, Nicole Halmi, congratulated CENG for “offering a variety of (coding) courses” and “impacting traditionally underrepresented students”. She will be connecting us to underrepresented computer engineers for our “Inspire” interviews that show how they overcome the obstacles in pursuing their passion in the Computer Science (CS) field. These videos will be presented in the Parent Showcase at the end of the seven-week coding sessions to inspire underrepresented students to major in CS.


This partnership is important for CENG in reaching out to more underrepresented students and cover the operating costs of running the classes. CENG will use this grant in its 2018 classes at Monta Loma and Santa Rita Elementary. They have been teaching Scratch, JavaScript and Python in the schools and will expand their class offering to app development in the Fall.


For more information of the programs offered, please check out cengclass.org and ai-4-all.org.


CENG Expands Reach for the Summertime


By Isabella Borkovic, CENG Treasurer

CENG Online Coding Academy

This summer, the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation Club (CENG), made up of Los Altos High students, worked on broadening accessibility of our classes to more students. As part of this initiative, we launched the CENG Online Coding Academy on our website. The CENG Online Coding Academy comprises of several online video lessons on Scratch and Javascript, which were released in July and August of this year, respectively.


CENG Summer Coding Camp

Not only did we release the CENG Online Coding Academy this summer, CENG also taught a week-long CENG coding camp at the St. Athanasius Church for the third time. At this camp, CENG expanded its course offering to first to third grade students for the first time. From August 6 to August 10, we taught two classes alongside each other--one for younger students and one for older students.

For the younger kids, we created a new class curriculum centered around Lightbot, an educational online game for learning coding concepts. In order to update our curriculum for a younger audience, we split the learning portion of class time into two 30-minute coding sessions to help students stay focused. We also rotated them to different stations and added breaks, fun games, and several arts and crafts to keep them engaged.

The class for older students had a wider spectrum of ages, from fourth graders to tenth graders. In this class, we taught the students Javascript to give them the basics concepts of coding. They learned shapes, animation, variables and if statements through working on fun projects.


At the end of the week, the CENG Summer Coding Camp left each kid with a solid coding foundation, whether in first or sixth grade, or the Lightbot or Javascript class. With stellar reviews from enthusiastic students and proud parents, the CENG Summer Coding Camp will continue at St. Athanasius for many years to come.


AI4ALL Grant and Future Course Offerings

Looking to the future, we have many more plans for CENG. AI4ALL awarded CENG with a $952 grant for the second time. With this money, we can continue to offer two concurrent coding classes at Monta Loma and Santa Rita Elementary in the Fall. In Spring 2019, we will introduce our new AI curriculum, alongside our Javascript, Python, and Scratch curriculums.For more information regarding CENG, please check out our website

cengclass.org.