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
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.
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.
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.
For more information of the programs offered, please check out cengclass.org and ai-4-all.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENG Hosts First Schoolwide Hour of Code at Monta Loma
By Natalie Huang and Isabella Borkovic
In the first week of December, thousands of schools across the world participated in the Hour of Code, a coding initiative designed to expose students to computer science. This year, Monta Loma Elementary School teamed up with the club Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) to bring Hour of Code to all their 423 students for the first time. Monta Loma is located at Mountain View, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. It is also the alma mater of Steve Jobs.
CENG is a club comprised of 15 high school students from Los Altos High School that aims to encourage historically underrepresented minorities to pursue Computer Science by offering free after school coding classes. The club teaches weekly coding classes at Monta Loma and Santa Rita Elementary School to 3rd-6th graders.
On Wednesday, December 5th, 11 CENG members held coding lessons for all K-5 classes for 50 minutes as part of Hour of Code. Students from K-2 worked on a Classic Maze game that incorporated popular video games like Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies to teach students about the basic os coding through “drag-and-drop” commands, while upper grades developed problem-solving skills through the Minecraft Adventure game.
These activities were made accessible through code.org, which provides many other fun games to teach coding to younger kids. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cynthia Mixon felt that, "the Hour of Code was incredibly engaging and exciting for my Kindergarteners who are just learning how to use computers." Students enjoyed the fun introduction to coding and being challenged as they continued through different levels of the games. "I love coding because it takes a lot of thinking and it’s fun, “ said Rhi Nanavati, a first grader.
The CENG members didn't teach the class alone. They received help from 26 third to fifth grade Junior Mentors who are Monta Loma students that have taken coding classes held by the club. Junior Mentors received training on how to carry out Hour of Code and ask questions to lead students to the answers on their own. During the event, they assisted CENG members in teaching and guiding students. They were able to help students out one-on-one and use their own prior skills in coding to teach others. Aaron Nguy, a Junior Mentor, thought that “it was interesting and fun to teach the class.” Aaron's mom, Betty Phan, felt that "it was a wonderful opportunity to develop students’ mentoring skills at an early age. The [Junior Mentors] were so excited that they could do something good for other students."
Though students only had an hour to work on coding, many felt inspired to continue coding at home. According to the teacher coordinator for Hour of Code, Ms. Shelby Satterfield, “The kids were very excited to learn more about coding and some even asked their parents to use Code.org at home!" Holding Hour of Code gave students the unique hands-on chance to code, develop a passion for computer science, and mentor and teach other students. Michelle Zhu, a CENG mentor, stated that “teaching Hour of Code opened my eyes to how big of an impact our club could make on a community with just two hours of time, and we hope to improve the lives of students around us through CENG.” Special thanks to AI4ALL for sponsoring the CENG programs. For more information, visit cengclass.org or contact us at email@example.com
Natalie Huang and Isabella Borkorvic are the Secretary and Treasurer of CENG. They are juniors at Los Altos High School.
CENG Received AI4ALL and LACF Grant for Offering Free Coding Classes
Written by Isabella Borkovic & Michelle Zhu, Juniors at Los Altos High School
The Computer Engineers of the Next Generation Club is now a three-time recipient of the AI4ALL Community Impact Grant grant . Due to previous grants provided by AI4ALL, the club was able to offer two concurrent coding classes for students in Los Altos and Mountain View to serve even more members of the community.
In addition to the AI4ALL grant, CENG was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF). LACF offers community grants that aim to provide organizations with the resources to help the local community.
The CENG club is run by a group of Los Altos High Schools students and our mission of is to provide Computer Science education to historically underrepresented minorities by offering free coding classes at local elementary schools. This goal aligns with LACF’s mission to address local needs of the lack of free STEM education in the community.
Members of CENG seek to give back to their own communities and local schools by volunteering in its classes. Instead of supporting the classes with their volunteers’ funds, CENG can use the grant money it has received from LACF and AI4ALL to afford the expenses of the classes.