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Galaxy Kids Code Club

Galaxy Kids Code Club

Your Child’s Key to Unlocking the Future

Lucretia Shaw believes that technology is the future...

and if current and forthcoming generations do not learn how to properly understand and interact with technology, then there is going to be a huge labor shortage in one of the most important and influential fields. To try and help provide the best solution she could, Lucretia began Galaxy Kids Code Club in 2016. “At that time there had been a lot of media about the need for kids to learn how to code and the fact that there’s such a shortage of computer programmers already,” said Lucretia. “The need continues to grow. The projections are that we will have a huge labor shortage with that skillset in the next ten to 20 years; however, about half of the existing businesses these days are online.” All companies rely in some shape or form on how the computer works, either through a website or billing, etc. “I worked in the industry for about 18 years as a programmer, and it’s pretty obvious that there’s a huge culture shift that needs to happen if we are going to encourage more people to go into this space.”

 

 

Galaxy Kids Code Club started out being geared toward kids eight years old and up. Recently, however, Lucretia launched a program for kids as young as four. “I had a lot of students with younger siblings that wanted to come participate. We call it our Junior Code Club.” Lucretia and her team teach computer programming and technical education for children, primarily elementary and middle schoolers, essentially teaching the students how to create software, apps, and instructions for the computer as opposed to simply consuming those things on their computer or phone. “The kids feel empowered to be able to make something, especially if it’s on a platform that they play on, like Roblox. We can actually show them how to create their own game, publish it themselves for free, and immediately play the game that they made with their friends.”

 

 

Galaxy Kids Code Club started out being geared toward kids eight years old and up. Recently, however, Lucretia launched a program for kids as young as four. “I had a lot of students with younger siblings that wanted to come participate. We call it our Junior Code Club.” Lucretia and her team teach computer programming and technical education for children, primarily elementary and middle schoolers, essentially teaching the students how to create software, apps, and instructions for the computer as opposed to simply consuming those things on their computer or phone. “The kids feel empowered to be able to make something, especially if it’s on a platform that they play on, like Roblox. We can actually show them how to create their own game, publish it themselves for free, and immediately play the game that they made with their friends.”

 



When it comes to the future of GKCC, Lucretia sees that there is still a lot of work to be done. The coding field still lacks diversity of gender and ethnicities. “If we are going to set our kids up for future success in the digital age, we have to find a way to encourage more and different kinds of people to enter this space,” said Lucretia. “I want to bring our classes to the most children possible. Our brick-and-mortar downtown isn’t always convenient for families that commute or who aren’t in Brentwood.” Lucretia would love to reach more children who may be in a different socio-economic background by returning to offering on-campus classes after school. GKCC also offers online classes and have reached students all over the country. “One of my other major motivations is that we need to start when kids are young. By the time kids are in middle school or high school, if they haven’t been exposed to programming previously, then they already have this notion that it’s not for them. Kids need to know that it is never too late.”

 

Business: Galaxy Kids Code Club
Address:
 312 Oak Street, Brentwood, CA 94513
Contact: (925) 464-2766
Web: www.galaxykidscodeclub.com

Photos by: Ron Essex Photography 

 

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