The St. Louis area is a growing technology hub and the current supply of students and young adults gifted in the computer sciences cannot meet the current demand, let alone to address the next few years projected needs.  The computer science’s greatest need is to fill the racks of individuals that have the understanding to code.

Coding is not only used in the computer industry, whether in application development, web site design, and game development, but is necessary in many other industries such as robotics, engineering, medical, transportation, and the energy industry.  STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiatives also understand the continued need to develop individuals to meet and supply individuals to satisfy the growing needs.

Frequently, most young people are only introduced to rudimentary computing such as basic word processing, office skills, and Adobe type programs.  Early introduction and then limitation of abilities does not accurately embrace the ability of our young people to grasp advanced computer skills and expand their abilities.  Most students do not even enter programming type courses until they are in college and by then many have already decided a future career path.

 

Our Mission

The Junior Code Academy of O'Fallon is ready to meet this need.  Our mission is to expand the minds of our young people, age 11-18 (Jr. High and High School) and provide them the platform to meet the needs of tomorrow.  We will teach coding and programming skills and prepare them for a future where they are in control of their destiny and nurture the talents to go further and take charge of tomorrow.


It’s time Americans begin treating computer code the way we do the alphabet or arithmetic. Code is the stuff that makes computer programs work — the list of commands that tells a word processor, a website, a video game, or an airplane navigation system what to do. That’s all software is: lines of code, written by people.
— Douglas Rushkoff, CNN

We're ready to inspire!

Technology is changing everything—from how we listen to music and socialize with friends to how we think about our health and our futures. Code has become so ingrained in everything we do that most professions have become inherently technical. The goal of the Junior Code Academy is to give students fluency in this crucially important language—and to inspire them to explore their individual passions with code.

Even if the students we teach do not want to become web developers, they can build tools that enhance how they listen to music, design clothes, watch sports, or interact with their friends. Code is for everyone (not just people who like math or video games), and it can help students engage with what they do love on an even deeper level.