Teachers are the lifeblood of the CodeTN competition. Without them there is no competition. To form a team at your school you don’t need to be an expert developer, programmer, or code genius to join. In fact, all you have to do is what you already do: lead, encourage, be inquisitive, and help students get the right tools to succeed. Here’s a quick snapshot of a few things you might run across during the competition:
Post information about competition in your school to recruit students
Organize and set meeting time for your team(s) with students and tech pro
Attend a summer session to become familiar with basic website layout and management
Help your students to think critically about the purpose and use of their application in the real world
STUDENTS: The Creators
At CodeTN we are all about education and creation. Nowhere is that personified more than in the lives and actions of the students. They are the reason our project exists. We want to equip and inspire them with the necessary tools and environment to pursue development as a career. They are the creators. Here’s a little bit about what they should walk away with
A solid understanding of the organized parts and functions of a dynamic website
A realized project that they hand coded
Increased knowledge around a text-based coding language
The ability to manage due dates and task management as a team
techpro: The specialist
If the teachers help make the development and assembly of the competition possible, then the TechPros most definitely make the technical execution and deployment of the student work possible. Here are a few of the roles and responsibilities of the TechPro:
3-5hrs per week with their teams, which includes both in-person and online meetups
Thorough knowledge of basic development concepts, both front and backend.
Communicate with your teacher sponsor around timelines, agreed upon meeting dates, goals for students, etc.