vCoder is a nonprofit with a mission to improve and expand computer science education by utilizing the unique qualities of immersive technologies and spatial computing.
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The first virtual reality computer science app that teaches coding while in VR.
Created to immerse, engage, and inspire new programmers.
A special focus towards empowering young women, underrepresented groups, under-served populations and promoting diversity in tech.
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Learning Computer Science Matters
There are an estimated 500,000 more computer science jobs than there are people with computer science skills.
This number is projected to be 1 Million by 2020.
The solutions of tomorrow will involve technology in some way, making computer science important to every industry.
We Believe Virtual Reality is the Solution
VR enables the presentation of abstract computer science fundamentals in an immersive, visual way like never before possible.
vCoder is the first virtual reality computer science app designed to teach coding in VR.
vCoder uses the unique, immersive quality of VR to engage, inspire, and empower new programmers.
vCoder is an epic quest that teaches computer science fundamentals through fun obstacles; an adventure of computer science problem solving!
vCoder is designed to unleash the superhero coder every student can become!
Code. The. Future.
The mission of vCoder is to improve and expand computer science (CS) education by utilizing the unique qualities of virtual reality (VR) in order to:
1. Increase access to CS
2. Increase student and teacher participation in CS
3. Increase educational outcomes in CS
4. Increase positive student perception of CS
vCoder’s target audience is K-12 students, with a special focus towards underrepresented minorities in computer science as well as underserved community populations.
vCoder eliminates barriers for student access by:
1. Providing VR headsets to schools at no cost.
2. Providing vCoder CS curriculum to schools at no cost.
3. Hosting free vCoder CS Camps.
vCoder can inspire and educate our next generation and introduce a new computer science education platform that expands on what is currently available. This project has the potential to improve CS education outcomes, student perception of CS, and CS diversity, thereby contributing to solving our national computer science crisis.
There are several ways you can join our mission:
1. Volunteer hours
2. If you wish to donate to this cause, vCoder is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, therefore all donations are tax exempt.
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When Keith and I founded Beach Day Studios we did so with a mission to contribute content that impacts the lives of users in meaningful ways. Our development with Beach Day Studios became a big part of our lives and inevitably, a big part of our children’s lives. They watched the whole creative process since they were very young.
Our oldest daughter, Yeva, expressed an interest in helping us develop so we started to teach her how to code at 5-years-old. She eventually helped design levels for an educational math app that we released. She was thrilled when she saw people play the levels she designed and it lit a spark for programming and game development.
That was 5 years ago, and she has been making apps ever since, eager to keep learning and keep creating. Her sister, Nora, got involved as well and they are both mini-developers now.
We saw how learning computer science empowered them, opening up their mind to unlimited possibilities. We witnessed how powerful computer science is but also experienced how challenging learning to code can be, especially for younger students, even with the current tools available.
As developers, we were experimenting with the immersive, engaging nature of VR and recognized that VR could greatly tear down the challenges of learning to code. So began our journey to create vCoder.
With 3 young girls, Keith and I are passionate about empowering young women and increasing diversity in tech.
We are passionate about the importance of learning programming for all students and believe we can reach and encourage more students using immersive technology to create positive change.
The vCoder 501(c)(3) nonprofit is dedicated to reaching more students, particularly in underserved communities, and help inspire more students within computer science.
Thank you for your support, we invite you to share our vision.
Why Is Computer Science Important?
Computer science is one of the few policy issues that can address both foundational education needs and workforce development demands for a state’s future workforce. CS is foundational in the current technological age. Every 21st century student should have the opportunity to learn about the technology that touches every area of their life as well as being one of the fastest growing and highest paying career paths.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources within most schools, students are not provided access to explore the world of CS. This limits student participation in CS and prevents the equipping of this critical foundational knowledge for our future workforce.
Learning computer science (CS) matters. The solutions of tomorrow will involve technology in some way, making CS important to every industry.
Computer Science (CS) is vital. However, currently, there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs (NCES 2015). This number is not improving fast enough, 91% of parents want their children to study CS (Gallup 2016) but right now only 35% of schools teach CS (CSTA 2018).
The technology industry is growing faster than ever.
By 2020, 1,000,000 technology jobs will go unfilled (BLS).FOUR in FIVE science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals choose their career in high school or earlier.Less than 26% of the computing workforce are female (NCWIT 2018).74% of young girls express interest in STEM fields and computer science but by the time they make decisions about what to study and where to start their careers, something happens (Girls Who Code).Less than 15% of the computing workforce are minorities.Computing occupations makeup 58% of all projected new jobs in STEM fields (BLS)Only 10% of STEM graduates study CS (NCES 2017)
A CS major can earn 40% more than the college average (The Hamilton Project).
Why Teach Coding In VR?
Immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) are projected to be prevalent in nearly every industry in the near future and is predicted to eventually replace smartphones. vCoder prioritizes CS education through the coming spatial computing revolution. It’s imperative that CS education remains on the forefront of this innovative process, teaching the next generation with the same technology that will supplement their life similar to smartphones today.
Education systems have struggled to meet the demands of our technological age to provide the necessary tools to best equip our students. New research is suggesting that VR could be the solution. VR enables profound new ways to experience and interact with concepts; as Albert Einstein said “The only source of knowledge is experience” and Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience has shown us that “people retain 10% of what they read and 90% of what they experience.”
Research studies are showing promising results that VR can make education more effective and have benefits over traditional learning:
“Compared with traditional education, VR-based education is of obvious advantage in theoretical knowledge teaching as well as practical skills training. In theoretical knowledge teaching, it boasts the ability to make abstract problems concrete, and theoretical thinking well-supported. In practical skills training, it helps sharpen students’ operational skills, provides an immersive learning experience, and enhances students’ sense of involvement in class, making learning more fun, more secure, and more active,” the study states (Bluefocus, 2016).
People learn faster and better in VR (Daydreams Labs, 2017).Immersion in VR allows better focus (Krokos, 2018).VR-based teaching improves students’ test scores, improves knowledge retention and unlocks students’ potentials (Bluefocus, 2016).University of Maryland researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment as opposed to more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer or handheld tablet. (UMD, 2018).EEG readings show that students maintain concentration longer in a lesson presented within VR compared with a lesson outside of VR. (SagaUniversity, 2019).
Learning in VR contributes to faster understanding, greater retention, improved recall, better focus and overall superior learning outcomes!
VR can enhance education, especially with abstract concepts like computer science.
Thank you for your interest in our programs!
We are on a mission to inspire our next generation of programmers, with a special focus towards empowering young women and promoting diversity in tech.
Keep reading to learn about our cause, our unique solution, and then join our vCoder team to contribute to the needs of tomorrow.
Coding is within everyone's reach.
Coding is simply the language of computers and every computer has the same logic. Once the logic is learned, you can tell a computer to do anything.
The possibilities are endless for creative expression and logical thinking.
Coding is not only creative and fun, it is also a necessary skill.
Learning Computer Science Matters
We need to attract more students and teach computer science in a more engaging and effective manner, thereby improving the number of people who can contribute to the technological needs of the future.
Computer Science is about much more than teaching technology. It incorporates logic, problem solving, and creativity in an engaging way for all ages.
Coming Fall 2019 vCoder will be offering free after-school programs.
Interested in starting a vCoder club for Grades 3-5, contact us.
Interested in starting a vCoder club for Grades 6-12, contact us.
vCoder For Schools and Libraries
vCoder is based on the K-12 Computer Science Framework and fits perfectly with existing Computer Science programs.
Students learn core coding fundamentals.
Students are trained to think creatively and reason systematically. They walk away grasping coding logic.
Interested in using vCoder in your CS program, contact us.
Upcoming vCoder Coding Camps
Join Us for the a Weekend vCoder Coding Camp at the vCoder Campus in Portland, OR
Start Time: 10:00am
Start Time: 3:00pm
City: Portland, OR
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Join Us for the first Summer vCoder Coding Camp at the vCoder Campus in Portland, OR
1-Week Coding Course
City: Portland, OR
Space is limited. If you're interested in attending, subscribe to updates.
vCoder is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to improve and expand computer science education by utilizing the unique qualities of immersive technologies and spatial computing.
vCoder is first virtual reality computer science app that teaches coding while in VR. Created to immerse, engage, and inspire new programmers.
vCoder has a special focus towards empowering young women, underrepresented groups, under-served populations and promoting diversity in tech.
vCoder provides a dynamic, interactive, immersive, and focused way to learn computer science. It’s a new platform option for learning how to code - a coding bootcamp in VR.
On an epic quest, users learn computer science fundamentals while coding in real-time with a positive goal to solve problems and transform the world around them.
How Can vCoder make a positive impact on the world?
vCoder teaches the fundamentals of coding in VR and supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as:
Quality EducationGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthReduced Inequalities
We believe education and technology can change the world and coding is vitally important to all 17 sustainable development goals.
Computer Science is vital. However, currently, there is an estimated 500,000 more computer science jobs than there are people with computer science skills. This number is not improving fast enough, 90% of parents want their children to study computer science but right now only 35% of schools teach computer science.
Why Teach Computer Science in VR?
Learning computer science matters. We live in a world surrounded by technology and the solutions of tomorrow will involve technology in some way, making computer science important to every industry.
We believe vCoder and virtual reality is part of the solution.
1. VR Brief states that 93% of teachers say their students would be excited to use virtual reality. We believe that with virtual reality we can attract more students to computer science.
2. Learning in VR is proving to have benefits over learning on 2D platforms. We believe that with virtual reality we can achieve better learning outcomes. Current research is showing that learning in VR contributes to faster understanding, greater retention of concepts, improved recall, a better focused learning environment and overall superior learning outcomes. (See vCoder Pitch Deck for detailed research references).
3. VR enables the presentation of abstract computer science fundamentals in an immersive, visual way like never before possible. We believe that with virtual reality we can improve the challenging aspects of programming.
vCoder is the first virtual reality game that teaches computer science within VR.
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We’re on a mission to inspire the next generation of programmers, with a special focus towards empowering young women and promoting diversity in tech. Our goal is to expand and improve computer science education using the unique, engaging features of VR and make learning to code within everyone's reach. Together we can contribute to solving our computer science crisis.
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