School Stories

Tech competitors unite to change teens’ futures by teaching CS together

Students from Phoenix BASIS (L to R): Bhavani Subbaraman, Arya Chethikattil, Raida Khan, Ritika Gupta and Abraham Richardson

Shaded from the Arizona sun in his grandfather’s garage, Mark Dancho used to help wire up a doorbell or build a light table together – tinkering projects that relied on the older man’s experience as an electrical engineer.

“Those are my fond memories of him,” Dancho remembers of his grandfather, who had little patience for children but would allow the kids to help. “He showed me it’s not just about buying something others have made…”

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Computer science volunteers create sustainable change

Classroom teacher, Ingrid Roche, instructing students

Leonardo Souza has seen firsthand how computer science education changes lives. His own trajectory switched from factory work to software engineering when he got into a technical high school outside his native São Paolo. Then when his brother was stuck in a job he dreaded, Souza taught him computer science from afar; the brother now works in the tech field.

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Computer science gives students the confidence they belong in the STEM world

Students Erkhes Batjargal, Matthew Morris, Navine Thompson, Adonis Bodzwa, Jamesey Exime

One Saturday, Minh Nguyen was waiting for the subway to head home. He looked up and noticed a student in his AP computer science class, who was standing with a friend. He said hi and, to his surprise, the two chatted for the next several stops.

As the train sped along, Nguyen and the high schooler talked about the class. She explained how much she liked it, enjoyed computer science – and wanted to go to MIT.

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Computer science education develops a better future for families

TEALS students in classroom

“How much money do you make?”

The question took Rohan Pal by surprise. Sure, he’d offered to answer questions – any question – about computer science. Clearly the taboo against discussing salaries didn’t register for the 22 students in this Austin computer science class.

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TEALS inspires rural teens to think big

Students Brenden DeLong, Stefanie Arredondo, Juan Zetina, and Hannah Gonzalez

It’s tough for high schoolers to get excited about anything at 8am. So Microsoft Azure program manager Silvia Doomra brought enough chocolate to go around when she met the 20 students in an introduction to computer science class she co-teaches.

To Doomra’s surprise, though, the Quincy High School teens were plenty enthusiastic even without the sugar boost. That morning was the first time they’d met her in person…

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TEALS inspires students to learn CS

: TEALS is planting a seed for future generations of computer scientist. Teachers and volunteers talk about why TEALS is an effective program to help increase access to CS education in high schools across the U.S.

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Harlem

Volunteers from hundreds of companies nationwide have come together to bring computer science opportunities to students who otherwise would not have the chance to learn in schools. TEALS is helping close the gender and diversity gaps in computer science. Learn more about how to volunteer with TEALS here.

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Quincy HS

TEALS helps change rural students’ lives through computer science. Learn more about how to volunteer with TEALS here.

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TEALS Remote

TEALS provides schools with industry professionals to help students learn computer science. Learn more how schools and students benefit from quality CS education. Learn more about how to volunteer with TEALS here.

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CS empowers young people

Learning computer science empowers young people to compete in the global economy and pursue careers across all sectors because it teaches students computational thinking and problem solving skills applicable in any industry. Yet, computer science is taught in only 1 of 4 high schools nationwide. Learn how TEALS is changing that.

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Computer Science in Every High School

Volunteers from hundreds of companies nationwide have come together to bring computer science opportunities to students who otherwise would not have the chance to learn in schools. TEALS is helping close the gender and diversity gaps in computer science. Learn more about how to volunteer with TEALS here.

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Overview of TEALS

TEALS builds sustainable CS high school programs by pairing trained computer science professionals – from across the tech industry – with classroom teachers to team-teach CS. Learn more about how to volunteer with TEALS here.