1. San Leandro High School Launches Hack Club with Hack Reactor’s Help

    Jiahao Kuang’s story is about how community can turn coding from a hobby to a passion. Kuang, a sophomore at San Leandro High School, had dabbled with coding, but his interest really took flight last March when he went to Hack Camp, a two-week session for high schoolers put on by hackEDU. (Hack Reactor provided office space to hackEDU for an extended period last winter.) Hack Camp showed Kuang both the power of coding, and how much more fun and stimulating it is with a group of like-minded people. The experience inspired him to start his own Hack Club in his high school, and eventually connected him to Hack Reactor.

  2. How to Use Momentum from Africa Code Week

    This October, Africa Code Week will embark on an ambitious project: giving 20,000 children across 17 African countries an introduction to coding, October 1-10. Based on a rationale familiar to coding discussions in the U.S., the initiative finds that traditional education systems are not producing Software Engineers at the rate the economy requires. Kickstarting broader coding education today will pay dividends down the road.

  3. Why the “Learn to Code” Movement Needs to Focus on Teachers

    The “learn to code” frenzy is at a fever pitch, and that’s a good thing. Not only are our employers asking for far more Software Engineers than our education system currently provides, but coding teaches valuable general skills like problem solving, engineering and even research (the most common answer to a coding issue is “Google it”). The focus in creating a tidal wave of programmers has been on professionals looking to improve their career outlook and bringing computer science to middle and high schools. On this second point, there is a second talent shortage that is critically important to address, but has received relatively little attention: training teachers. Code.org has been leading the charge in filling in this piece of the puzzle.

  4. College: What Are Students Paying For?

    What is the real value of higher education? That’s the question asked by a thoughtful article by John Cassidy in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Cassidy notes that for decades, politicians have focused on higher education as a near-guarantee to a good job and a growing salary. In today’s economy, however, the picture is more nuanced and less rosy. College, once tasked primarily with creating well-rounded citizens, has had an awkward transition to a world with global competition where employers often care more about specific skills than general cultivation. As we rethink education for the next century, two thoughts come to mind: first, we could do a better job teasing apart general education from skills-based education, and second, skills education needs to have a strong focus on outcomes (and the accurate reporting of them). Outcomes, a central focus of Hack Reactor’s educational model, will help students, parents and employers understand what they are paying for and why.

  5. SXSWedu 2015 Recap: Top 5 Quotes On the EdTech Movement

    SXSWedu, the education-focused branch of the popular South by Southwest conference, had its fifth iteration, and Hack Reactor joined in with talks, panels and meetups. Partner school MakerSquare, which has a school in SXSWedu’s host city Austin, was quite active as well.

    The week-long event provided an excellent opportunity to connect with some of the most forward-thinking minds in education today. Here are 5 top quotes from our SXSWedu experience.

  6. Hack Reactor Forms Trade Association with Other Industry Leaders to Establish Standards of Data-Driven Education

    Hack Reactor, along with nine other top coding schools, is launching the New Economy Skills Training Association, or NESTA. Established in support of the White House’s TechHire initiative, NESTA is a trade organization to establish best practices, standards, and increased accountability for outcome-based New Economy Skills Training (NEST) organizations. The first major program of NESTA will be to establish standards for reporting student outcomes.

  7. Hack Reactor & MakerSquare Ready to Take on SXSWedu

    Hack Reactor is joining partner school MakerSquare in Austin, TX for SXSWedu. This education-focused spinoff of the popular tech and music festival South by Southwest will bring together many great minds and organizations in tech and education. SXSWedu offers many opportunities to learn from and mingle with MakerSquare and us. 

  8. Hack Reactor Hosts High School Coding Group hackEdu

    As of this month, Hack Reactor is hosting hackEDU, an organization that supports high school coding clubs, on an ongoing basis. HackEDU, started by Zach Latta and Jonathan Leung, is less than a year old, but has already accomplished an impressive amount. After a trial run last Spring, the organization ramped up, and is now working with over 30 high school coding organizations. HackEDU connects these clubs with a growing set of resources and a support network.

  9. Obama Administration Hosts Roundtable With Hack Reactor and Other Top Coding Schools to Discuss Getting Jobs for Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) invited our founders, along with other coding school leaders to meet with officials in the Obama Administration and executives of major employers, such as Microsoft, AT&T and UPS, to discuss a growing issue in the United States: finding jobs for veterans. With 2.5 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan returning to the U.S. at a time when the economy is still on uncertain ground, there is an urgent need for institutions like Hack Reactor that can quickly train adults in high-demand skills. That the White House identified Hack Reactor and other Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) shows that they are up on emerging trends in education.

  10. Vote for Marcus! Lead Instructor Marcus Phillips Up for Panelist Position at SXSWedu

    Hack Reactor uses a unique and powerful instructional method called rapid-iteration teaching, designed specifically for the school by Lead Instructor and Curriculum Designer, Marcus Phillips. Now, Marcus is up for a panelist position at SXSWedu--the education-focused wing of South by Southwest--to speak about changing education toward a more powerful, dynamic model. Listen to Marcus explain his method and vote for him here.