Capital One’s C1 Coders Program Creates Excitement and Opportunity for STEM Careers
MCLEAN, Va., December 16, 2016 /3BL Media/ - As part of Capital One’s ongoing efforts to help students develop a greater interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Capital One hosted a closing event for the Capital One C1 Coders program in McLean, VA, on Thursday, December 15th.
For the past 10 weeks, 1,000 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students across the country have been learning about software engineering alongside Capital One associates, with the final project of developing their own unique apps using MIT University’s App Inventor 2.
At the graduation event, Fairfax County Public School students demoed apps they created during the 10-week curriculum. Mayim Bialik, actress and neuroscientist, addressed the crowd by talking about her personal experience of discovering a passion for science, the importance of STEM and celebrating the students’ achievements. Capital One surprised 90 students with free laptops to encourage them to continue their learning.
Through its five-year, $150 million Future Edge initiative, Capital One is helping to equip more Americans with the skills, tools and resources they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. One element of the Future Edge initiative is Capital One’s C1 Coders Program, an ongoing educational effort that helps get middle school kids excited about STEM during a critical period in their education. To learn more visit www.capitaloneinvestingforgood.com