High School Students: Codecademy Offers Free Scholarships Now
For a motivated high school student who wants to learn job-ready skills related to computer programming or data science, online boot camp Codecademy is offering 10,000 scholarships for high school and college students.
Codecademy offers free courses all the time, but its paid Pro level comes with live help from advisers via chat. It relies more on text than on video, so it’s not as well-suited for younger kids who want to learn to code.
[Side note: The youngest kids can start with Scratch
. Older kids can try SpriteBox
for games that teach coding principles.]
How to Get Started
Here’s how high school (and college) students can get started:
1. Click this link.
2. Use your CPS or other school email address to sign up.
It’s that easy. If you have an email their system does not recognize, there’s a Google form you can fill out to start with the free subscription. Codecademy will upgrade your subscription in a few days.
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Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student in the Chicago Public Schools. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen