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CODE WRITE DRAW provides transformational out-of-school-time learning experiences for middle school students by building tangible STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills in a motivational learning environment.

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“THAT STEP, THE HEROIC FIRST STEP OF THE JOURNEY, IS OUT OF, OR OVER THE EDGE OF YOUR BOUNDARIES, AND OFTEN MUST BE TAKEN BEFORE YOU KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE SUPPORTED.”

-JOSEPH CAMPBELL

What if we could create transformational learning experiences that inspire students to seek learning opportunities after their journey with us ends?
THE CHALLENGE

 

For middle school students struggling academically, a STEAM career may seem out of reach.Research has shown that 6th grade students lacking foundational math skills are much less likely to graduate high school on time. Programs for middle schoolers are in a unique position to reach and reengage students before they are at risk of dropping out. Out-of-school-time programs can play an especially critical role in developing students’ interest and tangible skills in STEAM education, which can set young people on track for long-term academic and professional success. Yet there are currently few good alternatives for summer programs that can engage middle school students. But what if we could change the trajectory for struggling middle school students by focusing on foundational skill building and fostering a drive for continuous learning?

What’s innovative about our approach is that we bring a fierce commitment to building tangible, specific STEAM skills in the context of a boundless and imaginative personal Hero’s Journey. We focus both on the foundational aspects of STEAM – the challenging experience of skill building through deliberate practice – and on the motivational aspects of STEAM through video game design and personal narratives, using industry standard tools that students can continue to use after the program ends.

What if we could create transformational learning experiences that inspire students to seek learning opportunities after their journey with us ends?

Our programs blend the foundational aspects of STEAM – the challenging experience of skill building through deliberate practice – with the motivational aspects of STEAM through video game design and personal narratives, using industry standard tools that students can continue to use after the program ends.

3 SCHOOLS

150 STUDENTS

1 SUMMER

 

THOUSANDS OF POSSIBILITIES

Our programs blend the foundational aspects of STEAM – the challenging experience of skill building through deliberate practice – with the motivational aspects of STEAM through video game design and personal narratives, using industry standard tools that students can continue to use after the program ends.
THE CHALLENGE

 

For middle school students struggling academically, a STEAM career may seem out of reach.Research has shown that 6th grade students lacking foundational math skills are much less likely to graduate high school on time. Programs for middle schoolers are in a unique position to reach and reengage students before they are at risk of dropping out. Out-of-school-time programs can play an especially critical role in developing students’ interest and tangible skills in STEAM education, which can set young people on track for long-term academic and professional success. Yet there are currently few good alternatives for summer programs that can engage middle school students. But what if we could change the trajectory for struggling middle school students by focusing on foundational skill building and fostering a drive for continuous learning?

What’s innovative about our approach is that we bring a fierce commitment to building tangible, specific STEAM skills in the context of a boundless and imaginative personal Hero’s Journey. We focus both on the foundational aspects of STEAM – the challenging experience of skill building through deliberate practice – and on the motivational aspects of STEAM through video game design and personal narratives, using industry standard tools that students can continue to use after the program ends.

What if we could create transformational learning experiences that inspire students to seek learning opportunities after their journey with us ends?

What if we could create transformational learning experiences that inspire students to seek learning opportunities after their journey with us ends?

We can answer this question because we have seen students have this extraordinary experience. Three years ago, we looked critically at our programs and asked ourselves how we could foster a growth mindset in students and generate an enthusiasm for learning that permeates the students’ experience during the school day and at home. We began to focus in a deliberate way on the Hero’s Journey. The hero imbues a growth mindset, even if the hero is not conscious of doing so. Given the power of story and the power of our students’ and families’ stories, we started designing our programs to include the stages of the Hero’s Journey and the exploration of these stages as the students are building their skills. The result was that our programs, students and families changed in a powerful way.

In this program, we focus on the Hero’s Journey and challenge the students to create a journey of their own.

Our Video Game Design and Novella Writing Program is the culmination of these efforts. In this program, we focus on the Hero’s Journey and challenge the students to create a journey of their own. Students build their foundational math skills, as they create a video game and write an original novella based on the Hero’s Journey. They use industry standard digital tools to build their games and create their artwork. Last year students at Solano Middle School created a video game with a narrative and also created a story and artwork based on the stages of the Hero’s Journey. The outcomes of this program were outstanding. The middle school participants mastered foundational math skills in 16% of the time of the previous year.  In addition, these low performing students improved their attitude about writing by 65%. Thirty-five percent of parents noticed this change at home.

Innovation

California is Not Alone in Facing this Youth Education Crisis

Attending high‐quality STEAM program yields STEAM‐specific benefits:

  • Improved attitudes toward STEAM fields and careers;

  • Increased STEAM knowledge and skills; and

  • Higher likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEAM career.  (1)

 

Middle school STEAM programs offer one of the last pivotal opportunities for intervention for struggling students: 

  • One study of more than 13,000 students concluded that only 13% of 6th graders who fail math will graduate high school on time. (2)

We are now trying to make this experience available to more deserving young people because we believe that experiences like this can transform lives. We need your help. We need donations to bring this experience to three middle schools in the Bay Area who don’t have the funds for the program. We also need industry volunteers for our shop talks (where you share your own hero’s journey with our students) and as judges in our exhibition at the conclusion of the program. A typical coding camp costs $500 - $1200 a week or more for middle school students. Our program delivers a quality coding experience and so much more. It cost $1400 a student for the full one-month program.

Join us in providing an immersive and positive academic experience that can tangibly improve skills and fundamentally change student’s school experience and academic trajectory. 

We have provided targeted, motivational and data rich academic support programs to more than 25,000 students, including motivational coding classes for underserved students. We believe that struggling students can blossom when they have an opportunity to build coding skills in the context of a larger goal and when they are simultaneously given the opportunity to build their foundational math skills. Join us in providing an immersive and positive academic experience that can tangibly improve skills and fundamentally change a student’s school experience and academic trajectory. 

Help us serve our mission to create transformational learning experiences by building tangible skills in a motivational learning environment. We contribute by creating experiences that build skills and nurture a growth mindset.  We do so by combining two contrasting strategies: fierce commitment to tangible, discrete skills in the context of a boundless and imaginative personal hero’s journey.  We focus on building mastery of foundational skills through deliberate practice and create a vision of a hero’s journey to inspire and give meaning to the toil of skill building. 

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