Throughout July 2019, thirty one 8th through 12th grade students participated in a “Technology Odyssey” that introduced them to many branches of cutting edge technology being developed and deployed throughout Orlando. They visited local companies, universities and heard from distinguished business, educational and community leaders who shared similar backgrounds and challenges with the students.
The Gordon Family Giving Foundation also serves immediate critical community needs by partnering with important community resource groups and delivering everything from food and clothing to low income recipients as well as sponsoring free basketball camps for homeless and foster children. We partner with many generous agencies to deliver these services, including mynewredshoes.org, the Drew Gooden Foundation, and Nike Inc.
Planning is underway for a 4-week Summer CodeOrlando Intensive Tech Immersion program in July of 2020. The program will serve 8th - 12th graders, and will be free based on need. We are targeting students from underrepresented communities.
Participants will engage in hands-on project based learning with emphasis on coding and computer science skills as well as visit local colleges, tech development companies, and organizations using technology to help people and our planet. They will receive valuable instruction from Aaron Gordon on mindfulness, presentation skills, and life skills. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Orlando based technology companies such as EA Sports and Advent Health.
On December 6, 2018, Aaron surprised local students at the OCPS ACE Academy, a community partner school, with a hands-on robotics programming experience. The Gordon Family Giving Foundation is providing funding for the program to be taught throughout the year as well as to purchase the equipment needed.
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We aim to affect systematic change in Orlando’s growing technology industries by directing programs toward youth groups who remain underserved and underrepresented in the vital technology development that continues to shape our lives and our futures. We expect that CodeOrlando will capture and feed the interests of more female, more African-American and more Latino students throughout the greater Orlando area.
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