At OpenBrackets, we want to help bridge the digital divide. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in Spring/Summer 2020, we wanted to make immediate change in our community. Through our course offerings, we provide support in computer science to middle and high school kids who may not receive it at home, and encourage kids consider tech as a career, regardless of their background. We also provide students with the opportunity to hear from Guest Speakers in the industry, to see the versatility a computer science foundation can provide. OpenBrackets is run by students, for students.
The students that enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester came from the following schools. Most of the schools are in low-income areas with a higher percentage of residents of color.
"All your staff were amazing and worked so well with our children considering the circumstances. My son had never done any coding before and not only did he learn so much from this experience but enjoyed his time with you all as well."
"I wanted to thank you all for having this class for our children. Though I know that it was difficult to navigate remotely, my son was still able to get so much out of it. All your staff were amazing and worked so well with our children considering the circumstances. My son had never done any coding before and not only did he learn so much from this experience but enjoyed his time with you all as well. Thank you again for your guidance and patience and for bringing so much joy to our son."
"This was my son's first experience with coding and he has really enjoyed this class. Having this opportunity at no cost was amazing and such a nice addition to a school year that is anything but normal."
"Thank you to everyone involved from OpenBrackets in conducting and offering this opportunity to our children FREE of charge. If it was not for your team, your program and your generosity, I would have never been able to enroll my coding enthusiast daughter in a coding program as they cost a fortune but you made it possible for us."
"Thank you very much for conducting the Python class and giving exposure to kids at a young age. I appreciate the sincerity, patience and dedication of the entire team and also your professionalism. I wish you all the very best and success in life."