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.
A recent USA Today article revealed a surprising disconnect between parents and school administrators on the importance of teaching computer science. While parents are near unanimous on the importance of computer science education, school principals are not hearing this message--very few of them believe there is much demand from parents for more computer science classes. These findings come from a large study conducted by Gallup and Google.