From paired reading in primary and high school, to formally teaching coding on behalf of organisations. I have taught most ages, as young as 10, to teenagers, university students, and professionals
I was invited to speak and volunteer for Django Girls in Milton Keynes. I taught students an introduction to Python and how to build a website with Django. I also gave a presentation on what to do next if they wanted to be developer, and what other tech roles there were if they didn't like programming.
For 2 days I volunteered at Rails Girls London, at Microsoft's Skype offices in Chancery Lane. The aim, inspiring women to take up web development with Ruby on Rails. What was amazing, was the students I mentored that day were all from my CodeFirst:Girls class in London!
In September 2015 I co-founder the UK's first official Codecademy meet-up called Coding London! We were a meet-up guiding people not only through the Codecademy material, but offering help on how to use the languages on their own machines, rather than a provided platform. We also wanted to provide a physical community for a tool which is globally recognised. I ran the beginner web development courses, alongside my own Git tutorial.
I was a mentor and photographer at the AcornHack in 2015. The 2 day hackathon was for high school students and aimed to offer them a broad insight into tech. As a mentor I helped build a student's project, with code and UX guidance. I also volunteered for the overall event, doing photography and helping other teams where I could.
i have also been a STEMNet Ambassador for the last 3 years. I have assisted a range of events, my favourite is teen tech! The workshops I have been a part of is Coder Dojo, Build your own Arduino and Hammersmith's Health and Fitness Hackathon. The idea behind STEMNet Ambassadors is to promote all things STEM and really encourage from an early age to choose these subjects as qualifications, such as GCSEs and ALevels.
For 2 years in a row, I have volunteered at Teen Tech in both Manchester and London. Ran by Maggie Philbin, the day inspires secondary school pupils in all areas of STEM subjects, ranging from civil engineering and robots to computer science and mechanics.
Whilst at ThoughtWorks, I was the champion of education inthe Manchester office. As part of the company's social impact within the community, I was responsible for teaching and running educational classes. We were invited to teach at Westholme School, an independent day school in Blackburn.
We ran a whole school day workshop which offered taster sessions in 3 areas of technology. The aim was to inspire students to consider a role in technology, but know that there was more to the industry than programming. We ran sessions on what it meant to be a business analyst, a developer and a quality analyst.
During my final year at university, I ran a Code Club in a local Manchester primary school, alongside Jimmy Thompson. We taught Years 5 and 6 (9-11 year olds) basic programming concepts, using Scratch and creating fun and interactive games.
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