BUFFALO, N.Y. — Learning how to code and program technology can sound like a foreign language to many, but for 10 freshmen at Health Sciences Charter School, they now have a better understanding with the world of STEM and programming and coding.
With the help of Bak USA and Thimble, students learned how to program any of 12 mini-projects, like a doorbell or nightlight.
"They don't have to have any experience whatsoever before coming here, we walk them through how to set up their computer with the software and then they're building the projects," said Oscar Pedroso, Thimble founder and CEO.
Made possible through the Spark Grant from Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Creator Sets from Thimble were donated to The Foundry, where the sets are made available to even more students. The grant stated the money had to stay within the neighborhood, but through a contract with BOCES, Thimble can work with up to 700 schools in New York State.
And during the workshop, students learn what types of careers this technology can be applied to, inspiring them to continue learning with this technology.
"I would like to be somewhere involved in music, but I would like to use something like this to help me out with my music," said Myles Davis, a 9th grader at Health Sciences Charter School.
People at home can also learn with Thimble, learning new and different skills through their subscription service that deliver different projects.