Codecraft Works serves to bridge the STEM talent gap across Florida and the nation from its headquarters on Space Coast, FL. Friday, April 28 marks the grand opening of the new Codecraft headquarters and the 2nd annual Codecraft Computer Programming Competition (CCPC) award ceremony.
The event will raise awareness about the critical STEM talent gap issues we face as a nation and further develop access to CS education, right here in Brevard, Florida. Daily life, economies, innovation and national security all depend on having a strong and skilled STEM workforce. Codecrafters are, no doubt, the next generation of the Space Coast’s high-tech workforce; visionary entrepreneurs, dedicated problem solvers and community leaders you want to meet.
The modern learning facility in Melbourne’s new Tech Village is custom-made for STE(A)M powered projects and people. It includes a perfect software development makerspace, virtual reality vault and anaugmented reality sandbox. Come tour the new tech campus during our open house from 5 – 6:30 PM.
Since 2014, Codecraft programs have graduated more than 1,000 Florida-based students as part of its program presence in Tallahassee and Melbourne. CEO of Codecraft Works, Shannon Landin, says the program nurtures an expert-to-student mentoring methodology that is year-round and serves to down barriers to STEM and cyber education for all students and teachers. Champions of the Codecraft program expansions include high tech incubators Groundswell Startups, Inc. (Melbourne, FL) and Domi Station (Tallahassee, FL).
“It’s never been more important than right now to provide critical, 21st-century computer programming skills for all young people,” Landin said. “To solve for the high-tech talent gap in our workforce, we aim to supplement the traditional education system with early computer programming and engineering curriculum coupled with easy access to mentorship through school clubs, camps, or Codecraft Lab community locations.”
In addition to the efforts of Codecraft Works, the Codecraft Foundation (501c3) has been established to address the growing imbalance of access to technical education among young people. The Codecraft Foundation seeks to expand access through its charitable mission of transforming the lives and future economic opportunities for young people and their communities through democratized access to vertically integrated STE(A)M education. Through a new scholarship endowment fund, Codecraft Foundation has quickly and successfully enabled access to an immensely impactful standards-aligned curriculum which was previously unavailable to underserved community stakeholders.
Sponsors of the Codecraft Foundation include Rockwell Collins, IBM, GE Transportation, Satcom Direct, ALTR, The Better Foundation, PowerDMS, Rapid Prototyping Services, as well as generous in-kind support from Google, Harris, Jaycon Systems, Raytheon, Concepts Beyond and Liz Cowie Photography.
April 28th at Codecraft Works in Melbourne
- 5PM to 6:30PM Codecraft campus open house and party on purpose
- 6:30PM to 7:30PM 2nd Annual Codecraft Lab Computer Programming Competition awards ceremony
- Location: 2428 Irwin Street Melbourne, FL 32901
There will be food on-site as well as student demos. This event is free for the community. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/ik1V8wxaHBxXEvEA3.
Be sure to register at this link for high tech opportunities and updates in Space Coast, FL.
For more information on how sponsors and volunteers can help, contact chairperson, Christopher Struttmann, at firstname.lastname@example.org