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Google ‘Code-In’ for k-12 students

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I’ve already had offers from five parents to give me their kids for this project!  I’m  looking into the details of this project but it sounds like a winner.  The contest is designed to get students ages 13 – 18 involved in open source projects.  I have tons of task ieas for these kids as the contest is just not limited to coding but also includes these areas:

  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
  3. Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  5. Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
  6. Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
  7. Translation: Tasks related to localization
  8. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction


I’ll started a wiki page to help organize things as time to apply is only until Oct. 29.  Leave me comment if you are interested in being a mentor and please feel free to help edit the wiki as I just copied the core pages from the GSoC one and they need some editing.  Thanks!

Written by dindafoss

October 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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  1. It just occurred to me that the reason these parents and students are reaching out to me is that the current paradigm doesn’t involve an easy way for kids or parents who want to encourage their kids interests in computers to actively participate in the process. This IS exactly why I’m so pro open-source in education.

    Open source, open learning!


    October 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Planet Ubuntu, Arjan Waardenburg and Zuissi, Ubuntu World Wide. Ubuntu World Wide said: #ubuntu #linux Belinda Lopez: Google ‘Code-In’ for k-12 students: http://code.google.com/opensource/gci/2010-11/inhttp://bit.ly/9tm4yp […]

  3. Count me in as a mentor. I’ve been a GSOC mentor but this is quite different, very fast paced and with a short time frame.

    My youngest daughter participated in GHOP two years ago on several Python tasks and is eager to get started this year. We also have a Korean foreign exchange student who would be great for internationalization projects.

    Charles McCreary

    October 22, 2010 at 1:35 am

  4. are this project open globally .. I’m Indonesia


    October 24, 2010 at 9:06 am

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