Tech it Out Philly is a program that works with Philadelphia public high school students to explore social change through computer science. Fifteen students sign up for an 8-week program where they learn how to code, discuss social issues facing their communities, and create websites to address some of these issues. In learning how to code, the students create a plethora of opportunities for themselves, including lucrative future opportunities. For example, the average starting salary for a software engineer in Philadelphia is $71,008 (Glassdoor 2016). And in coding with the motivation to create social change, they create more opportunities for their communities. To increase diversity in the tech sphere, more programs must be created to grant learning opportunities to underserved communities. To create productive social activism, urban youth must have a safe space to learn and experiment with attempting to solve the issues they face. By studying Tech it Out Philly, we can extrapolate important information about programs like these: what works and what doesn’t, how effective is this kind of space in teaching coding as well as social activism, and why we must push for more resources to be devoted to creating and sustaining programs like Tech it Out.

On the first day of Tech it Out, we have 40 students build websites, play with Lego Mindstorms, and build Dance Dance Revolution with Makey Makey.
On the first day of Tech it Out, we have 40 students build websites, play with Lego Mindstorms, and build Dance Dance Revolution with Makey Makey.
Our 40 students get together to do a Tech it Out celebratory dab.

Good at: feminism, tech, brunch, lists

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store