Children in CodeCreate use accessible, tactile tools to both explore their own abilities in engineering, art, technology and science and to lead other children on similar explorations. In this way, the inherent abilities and resources of a community are critical and "exponentially multiply" with each project and workshop.
Through these roving workshops at a diverse array of organizations in a diverse array of neighborhoods, diverse learners are brought together- either digitally or physically (or both). Syntonic appreciations -- in harmony with one's passions -- will drive electronic construction, blending both functional and aesthetic outputs.
Indeed, children must have a command of the world and technology can be viewed creatively. As a poet reaches within her language to find the right word, abilities with technology can become a new fluency. We will no longer say, "it's amazing what they can do" but will envision, suggest and demand technology that works for us.
Youth will not view technology as a contemporary phenomena unrelated to fundamental skills. "Basic" studies will not be boredom that a student must slog though- math and science and engineering will combine with art and design in new technology and products that students will create. Youth will not receive ready-made knowledge but will invent and discover their own meaningful manifestations.
In addition to directly publicizing youth-serving events to formal classroom teachers, we will hold professional development workshops with youth presentations; these will not only be a presentation of our work but a conversation about means of integration, with our visiting classrooms eagerly offered.
We will implement repeated "Imagination Chapters," youth-serving workshops, guided by the Imagination Foundation. We will also provide invitations (and, in most cases, travel) to city-wide events and continue to empower select youth with paid facilitating positions at these events.