We interview Bold Idea mentor Alex Polednik and learn why he enjoys mentoring: “I love seeing the creativity and excitement when the students get to see their idea go from concept to working project!”
“Don’t be intimidated by how complicated something seems! The fastest way to learn something is by doing it. Think of an idea for a small project and pursue it!” - Brennan Saul, Bold Idea mentor
Coding projects designed, tested and trained. We’re ready for students!
Long before students start their first day of coding in September, the Bold Idea team will have spent countless hours and months in preparation.
“It’s been good to give my time and spread computer science out to anybody that wants to learn it.”
Earlier this month, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Senate. And while the hearing encouraged a necessary national conversation about data privacy, I can’t help wondering if many of the questions he received from Senate committee members reflected a poor understanding of how the technologies that we use everyday, like the Internet and social apps, actually work.
Jonathan Campos started his interest in tech with 3D art. Then realized with coding he could go further and make things that were useful. As time went on, the joy of creation pushed him to continue going further. Today, Jonathan is a chief mobile architect at Bottle Rocket Studios and mentors Bold Idea students who are creating 3D games.
Julia Benginow is a high school student at the TAG Magnet School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas ISD. Every Thursday, she volunteers as a Bold Idea mentor at the Wesley-Rankin Community Center. With a 5 on the AP Computer Science Principles exam under her belt, Julia can both empathize with the west Dallas students who are just learning programming concepts, while knowing where their interest can take them when they stick with it.
MaKayla and Ascension are Bold Idea’s oldest students – high schoolers who have been participating in Bold Idea programs for nearly two years. The girls have noticed their perception of computer science evolve in that time. Bold Idea programs have had an impact on their confidence in solving problems and desire to continue creating projects - especially ones that help other people.
Nhat Dao changed his major to Computer Science after he realized that programming can help me make an impact on everything almost immediately. Today, Nhat is a software engineer at Flywheel Building Intelligence and serves as a Bold Idea mentor every Thursday afternoon.