Codecademy’s ‘Summer Of Code’ Challenges Teens To Improve Their Community

For most of us, summer is the best time to lounge around. But not at Codecademy.

Summer of Code is the latest initiative by the interactive platform, which has offered free coding classes online since 2011. Launched on Wednesday, the program consists of a summer-long challenge for teens interested in website creation and design.

Contestants are expected to complete three Codecademy courses — HTML/CSS, Make A Website and Make An Interactive Website — in order to learn the ropes of front-end development. After finishing the classes, teens can put their new programming skills to use and create a website using Codepen, an online code editor.

Their website idea should “focus on a way to make their school or community a better place,” according to the rules posted on the Summer of Code’s website.

In line with Codecademy’s philosophy, having fun is the top priority.

“It doesn’t have to be this dichotomy between things that are learning-centric and things that are fun. We can build something that’s fun and learning-centric that can allow people to help their communities,” Zach Sims, CEO and co-founder of Codecademy, told The Huffington Post.

Starting Aug. 30, student-created website concepts can be submitted to the Summer of Code Submissions thread on Reddit, where people will vote for their favorite project until Sept. 7. The contestant with the most votes will then have the opportunity to work with a Codecademy engineer to host the site they designed and turn their project into a reality.

“One other thing that we’re trying to accomplish here is to give students the ability to create something tangible. When they apply for schools, when they apply for colleges, they —> Read More