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.
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.