Ife Opportunity: Hour of Code

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Back by popular demand: There are two opportunities this year so more people can participate. Space is limited for both.

For Students

K-12 students can register for an Hour of Code, an international model for introducing people to computer science. December 5 from 9:30 -11:30 am at Arkansas Baptist College, Old Main Room B109.

For Adults

Teachers, parents, youth group leaders, mentors, and others can register for our Hour of Code Train the Trainer session.   It will prepare adults to  assist students with tutorials and give them the skills to run an Hour of Code session for their group. December 5 from 8:30 am – noon at Arkansas Baptist College, Old Main, Room B109.

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We learned about the Ife Opportunity’s Hour of Code from Dr. Karama Neal, who will be getting involved with an awesome tech contest that we’re excited to post more details about soon!

About Ife Opportunity

Ife Opportunity is committed to creating solutions that expand opportunity and promote equity in education, health, and other critical areas.   We have held computer coding, astronomy, and other workshops for children and additional projects are planned.

About Dr. Karama Neal


Karama Neal, PhD, MA, uses her experience in nonprofit management, genetics and bioethics research, and social justice blogging to promote equal access to health, education, and opportunity for all people through teaching, research, practice, advocacy, and service. Her experience in academic, corporate, and nonprofit arenas has given her broad experience in strategic planning, public speaking, technical and persuasive writing, and evaluation. She conceptualizes, develops, directs, and promotes a variety of solution-oriented programs, projects, and opportunities that support positive social change that is sustainable, scalable, and/or replicable. She strives to recognize the difference between the provision of charity and the establishment of justice, with her energy focused primarily on the latter.

Karama was drawn to the basic biosciences because of the potential to contribute to human wellness. After many years in that field, she transitioned to work that has a more immediate effect on human well-being. Karama speaks frequently on family economic security, internet equity, career development, and her faith. She has taught both online and in the classroom at Emory University, Loyola University Chicago, Shorter College, and the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences.

After six years on WFA’s staff, Amanda founded AMP•SEE Ideas in order to provide freelance communications and project management services to small businesses and nonprofits. When not working, she may be found promoting livable urban design, speaking up for equality & education, wandering about with her camera, or experimenting with local foods.

#ARKidsCanCode

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Girls of Promise® Coding Summit

We’re excited to announce an upcoming event, #ARKidsCanCode: Girls of Promise Coding Summit, sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor and Code.org. The event will be held at the Governor’s mansion on Wednesday, December 9 from 9:30-12:00 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

Event Overview

We would like to invite all female 9th to 12th grade students who are interested in developing their interest in coding (limited to 5 per school) to attend this free special event. Both novices and experienced coders will enjoy the event and have an opportunity to spend time practicing the coding they learn (with plenty of experienced coders on hand to help).

Governor Hutchinson will welcome the girls, as will the CEO of Code.org, an organization dedicated expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. During the event, they will announce the Arkansas school recipient of their contest awarding $10,000 worth of technology.

After the welcome, the “Hour of Code” will begin. There will be a short tutorial to get started, followed by an hour of hands-on coding, with plenty of instructors in the room to help out. The girls are encouraged to bring their own laptops (or the school’s), but there will be a number of computers available for those who don’t have one.

We don’t want the coding to stop after this event, so as part of the event’s wrap-up we will be kicking-off a contest for all those who participate in the coding summit to develop an app, website, computer program, etc. Submissions must be sent in to the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas by February 15th. We will then choose 5-7 finalists to return to Little Rock in March to have their submissions judged by the 8th grade girls attending our annual Girls of Promise conference. The sponsor for the contest is still being finalized, but expect AWESOME prizes (think laptops, scholarship money, etc.)!

This should be a fun and informative day for all students in attendance. The deadline for responding is December 1, 2015.

Learn more & register.

After six years on WFA’s staff, Amanda founded AMP•SEE Ideas in order to provide freelance communications and project management services to small businesses and nonprofits. When not working, she may be found promoting livable urban design, speaking up for equality & education, wandering about with her camera, or experimenting with local foods.