Westview Students Create Innovative Nonprofit
San Diego Coding
Westview High School students Ronak Shah and Nir Levin have dedicated themselves to sharing their technical knowledge by founding San Diego Code (SDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching coding to people of all ages. “When I was in middle school, I had my own first exposure to programming and I immediately loved it,” said SDC Vice President Nir Levin. “I wanted to share that experience with other up-and-coming kids.” The goal of SDC is to promote an interest in computer programming to children in the early stages of their lives and to create accessible curriculum that anyone can follow.
“The goal of SDC is to promote an interest in computer programming to children in the early stages of their lives.”
SDC hosts a number of workshops and events throughout the year, including their monthly two-hour open sessions where participants can work at their own pace to learn Python. During the summer, SDC offers free coding camps for middle and high school students to learn the fundamentals of Java, an especially useful language for students planning on taking the AP Computer Science course. SDC also hosts Family Coding Night events in which the organization introduces students and their families to programming through fun games and activities.
SDC currently has four active members and is looking to expand. “Anyone who has taken up an interest in computer science and/or reaching out to their community through online media and in person can be a part of this organization!” Nir said. Future goals also include working with local libraries and schools to host SDC workshops, as well as encouraging different sub-organizations at other area high schools to host their own community coding events.