Heyooo- it's day 8! Today feels boring to blog about because it was so similar to last Monday, but it really wasn't as boring as it seems. So basically what I did was reserve a meeting room in Gum Spring Library for Cupcakes ‘n Code on the 27th, the 12-2 time period that I booked last week was filled for this Saturday but I found out that the people who booked it didn't show up to their last meeting. Knowing this, I contacted the library who revoked their booking and allowed me to have the room this week as well! So happy that I got the same time so that more people will show up.
Also, I created a registration form for the Cupcakes ‘n Code workshop on the 27th. Lastly, I brainstormed Cupcakes ‘n Code workshop ideas: so far I have introduction to HTML, Python or C++. I wonder which one kids will be most interested in.
This is a quick post, but capstone day 7 is a go! I know weekends are supposed to be off days, but the grind never stops!
Today, I had an interview for being a camp counselor for Fairfax Collegiate, an educational summer camp that teaches kids about technical subjects like math and science in fun ways like experiments and building things. I don't think the interview went very well, but we will see!
IT IS CAPSTONE DAY 6 AND ALSO CUPCAKES N CODE DAY I AM SO EXCITED CAN YOU TELL?!
The event was so much better than I thought it would go! My last event had 3 weeks of planning so I felt kind of underprepared for this one, but I should have trusted my gut because it went really smoothly. We had a great turnout and as I was cleaning up to leave, a little girl from the workshop stayed back to give me a hug and tell me how fun coding was- it warmed my heart!
It's capstone day 5 and it's been a bit of a slow day...
Today was all shopping, I bought a bunch of things for the workshop like bowls for the cupcakes and cups for water. I also bought a giant hand sanitizer dispenser since they will be working around laptops, which harbor lots of bacteria, before they eat.
Also, I drew diagrams of how I am thinking of setting up the room for today since this is going to be a different, and much smaller, room than last time. I am getting slightly frustrated because the registration isn't filling up as quickly as last time, but that may be my own fault for not advertising it well. Already keeping notes about what I can do better for next week.
It's day 4! Today I had an interview for an internship with a company called Systemic Solutions. It went really well and they seemed very impressed with my resume and prior experience- especially the work I have been doing with Cupcakes 'n Code! I think they are inclined to hiring me as an offsite intern, meaning that I do most of my work from home and come in for a weekly meeting at most. I loved this idea because it means getting paid to do work at home, in my bed and in my pajamas! They want me to come in at some point within the next couple of weeks in order to teach me how to use their Script software, which records me speaking and teaching lessons.
Also, I spent the remainder of today finishing up my lesson plan because I am a perfectionist that likes to make her Powerpoints look flawless.
It's already day 3 of capstone?? Today I started creating a lesson plan for the upcoming Cupcakes ‘n Code workshop on the 20th. The main portion of this workshop will be centered around learning Java programming! My idea is to start off with Scratch or MadeWithCode and shift into Java while recalling the instances from the block programming introduction such as ideas like variables and data types.
My main part of today was gathering various stickers that I got from tech companies such as GitHub and Major League Hackathon to put into swag bags that I can give out after my events both this Saturday and next Saturday. MLH also donated cool card holders that you can stick behind your phone that kids can use for money or gum or really anything small!
Hello, hello! Today is capstone day two and I'm feeling good!
Today I am going to begin advertising for the Cupcakes ‘n Code event on the 20th. I will be driving around today putting up posters in the library, after-school clubs and in Elementary and Middle Schools so that teachers and students can inform parents about registering for the workshop!
In reference to the picture, I really want wristbands for my Cupcakes 'n Code workshops but they are super expensive. So, I decided to take it upon myself to email a few companies about sponsoring future Cupcakes 'n Code events and providing us with memorabilia. Below is an email that I sent out:
Hello Wrist-Band team!
I am Tanya Ravi, from Freedom High School in Northern Virginia. This past year, I have started an initiative called "Cupcakes 'n Code" (http://cupcakesncode.weebly.com/), that introduces elementary/middle school girls to programming in a friendly, nonjudgmental environment. Bonus: we also indulge in decadent, homemade cupcakes! For this I have received great community support and recognition by Stanford University's She++ team with a fellowship.
Wristbands are great mementos of their coding accomplishment (specifically for this age group), so would you be interested in sponsoring wristbands for Cupcakes 'n Code?
In return, I would promote the Wrist-Band.com link on our Cupcakes 'n Code website along with a logo as well as on t-shirts, flyers, etc.
Thank you so much and please email me. I look forward to a great partnership!
Cupcakes 'n Code Founder
Day one of capstone! I am so pumped for these next three weeks!!
Just a quick summary of what will happen during my fieldwork period:
Anyways, today was a good start. I worked on reserving a meeting room in Gum Spring Library for Cupcakes ‘n Code on the 20th, which was slightly difficult because I had to brainstorm the perfect time that I hypothesized people would be most available during weekends. I figured Saturday afternoons were my best bet because it isn't too early, however it wouldn't affect Saturday night plans. I booked the room from 12-2 so that I could have from 12-1 for set up!
Additionally, I created a registration form using Typeform for the Cupcakes ‘n Code workshop on the 20th. With this, I also brainstormed Cupcakes ‘n Code workshop ideas that I could potentially lead this Saturday. I don't want to underestimate the abilities of Elementary/Middle Schoolers, however I don't want the lesson to be to hard either.
I hopped on a flight at 3:30am- California red eye flights are so real.
I am right now on my connecting flight in Salt Lake City, staring at some snowy mountain caps and missing the sunny California weather.
This fellowship experience has been amazing and I am so fortunate to have been selected as one this year!
7:30am - 8:00am Breakfast - The Domain Hotel
8:00am Bus leaves hotel for Google HQ
9:00am - 10:30am Google tour and panel - Google HQ
Side note: Google has a ball pit. That is amazing.
10:30am Bus leaves Google HQ for Accel HQ
11:00am - 1:00pm Accel tour and food trucks - Accel HQ
1:00pm Bus leaves Accel HQ for Groupon HQ
1:30pm - 3:30pm Groupon tour and workshop - Groupon HQ
3:30pm Bus leaves Groupon HQ for Stanford
4:00pm - 4:30pm Stanford tour - Stanford University
4:30pm - 5:30pm Poster presentation of #include initiatives - Stanford University
6:00pm - 7:30pm Mentorship Dinner - Stanford University
7:45pm Bus leaves Stanford for hotel
12:00am Check in with chaperone - The Domain Hotel