Grow your confidence in computer science

For students in grades 5 - 12

In the 14-week ideaSpark program, students use computer science as a problem-solving tool. They learn computer programming languages, like Javascript and Python, by collaborating to create their own creative project, with possibilities ranging from mobile apps to websites and online games. Students learn a design process that includes discovery, ideation, prototyping, user testing and sharing. At the end of the semester, student teams share their projects at Demo Day with family, mentors and the community in the audience.

 

Spring 2019 Course: Machine Learning 101
Teach a computer to think with Python coding

Teach a computer to play a game or learn. Students will code programs that can train computers to do lots of things using machine learning (the same tech in Amazon Alexa or Google Home), while learning Python - a popular and beginner-friendly programming language. No prior coding experience is required.

Why machine learning?
Advances in machine learning are making a huge impact in a number of fields today - from medicine to the automotive industry. Machine learning jobs grew by 9.8X in the past five years, and data scientist grew 6.5X since 2012, according to LinkedIn. The outlook shows that machine learning will continue to be an in-demand skill for the foreseeable future.

 

Program Goals

  • Experience computing as a medium for representing and solving problems

  • Use programming concepts and methods to create applications

  • Collaborate with peers using pair programming and by working in project teams

  • Explore fields of study and careers to understand the impact of technology

  • Communicate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills

ideaSpark kicks off February 2 

14-week course
You are welcome to register your student for any of the following Saturday or weekday locations that best fits your schedule and geography - or a partner location that already serves your family. 

Saturday Locations

The MIX Coworking & Creative Space
9125 Diceman Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

UT Dallas Arts & Technology Building
800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

Wednesday Location

Bottle Rocket 
14841 Dallas Pkwy, Floor 9
Addison, TX 75254

Thursday Location

Alkami Technology
5601 Granite Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024
(flyer)

Partner Locations

Rosemont Elementary and International Language School (Dallas ISD)
719 N Montclair Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

Teen Tech Center at the Juanita Craft Recreation Center
4500 Spring Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210

 


Questions about registration?

Contact Ben Davis: ben@boldidea.org, 214-442-1635