Students Showcase Skills at Foshay Tech’s Inaugural Hour of Code Tech Fair

Last Monday, the Foshay Tech Academy at Foshay Learning Center held its inaugural Hour of Code Tech Fair as part of its celebration of Computer Science Education Week. The event was a major success and highlighted the impressive work of the Foshay Tech Academy students under the leadership of lead teacher Leslie Aaronson.

The Hour of Code held at Foshay is one of 190,000 similar events taking place around the world and is part of a global movement organized by the non-profit organization Code.org. The initiative aims to demystify computer science, make technology more accessible, and inspire interest in technology-related studies and careers.

The event included an interactive Hour of Code station, where community attendees and Foshay middle school students participated in a brief coding tutorial. With the assistance of Foshay students, participants played games that required solving a series of puzzles using basic JavaScript. These tutorials helped simplify the technology and demonstrated that coding need not be complex nor daunting.

In addition, teams of Foshay Tech Academy students presented their Senior Projects, which showcased the impressive work they had put into developing and using innovative technology to solve complex societal issues. The teams presented a wide range of creative projects, including an interactive game designed to promote water conservation awareness and an online portal intended to incentivize and encourage social responsibility. After learning about each project, attendees were invited to vote for the two teams whose projects most impressed them.

A special congratulations is in order for the winning team of five seniors, “Side With Peace.” The team created a number of online tools, including surveys, which were designed to promote awareness for domestic violence, measure the impact of this issue on the community, and provide affected individuals guidance as to where they can find help and resources.

The Hour of Code Tech Fair is just one of a number of creative ways in which the Foshay Tech Academy is helping students—the majority of whom are Hispanic and Black, and will be the first generation to attend college—develop technology and computer science skills that will greatly benefit them in their future studies and careers. By working with a number of community partners, including Managed Career Solutions, Foshay Tech Academy provides students with resources and guidance to help develop their technical skills. In this capacity, Foshay Tech Academy is an exemplary program, and a testament to what technology education can (and should) be in Los Angeles public schools.

MCS is proud to be working in partnership with the dedicated faculty at Foshay Tech Academy to assist in furthering our joint goals of making technology and computer science education and careers more accessible. Philip Starr, Executive Director of MCS said, “I am so excited to be working with Professor Aaronson, who is a true inspiration to her students. Together, we have the opportunity to make technology careers more inclusive and diverse, and to open doors for talented students who might not otherwise have the necessary resources.”