(San Antonio • February 9, 2023) San Antonio middle school students who are in at-risk situations are becoming the next generation of software coders through IDRA’s innovative project, VisionCoders™. In the new course, eighth graders in two South San Antonio ISD schools are piloting the IDRA VisionCoders class to create educational games for prekindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students.
“VisionCoders students mentor their elementary buddies,” said Stephanie Garcia, VisionCoders director. “We have witnessed how this experience is already strengthening student perceptions of self and school, as well as their sense of belonging.”
This project targets high-need students with limited computer science opportunities. In the next school year, the program will expand to 12 schools, serving 1,400 eighth-grade students in at-risk situations from seven school districts where fewer than 1% of students take a computer science class.