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In a Summer Derailed, Students Push Back With Coding


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Hamilton Coding Club co-presidents Jiin Jeong and Belal Shaheen

Jiin Jeong (left) and Belal Shaheen (right) oversee courses in coding, ethics, and tutoring.

When COVID-19 forced an early end to her study abroad, Jiin Jeong set aside her disappointment and began to ponder how readily available technology could be used to create opportunities for other students thrust into remote learning and social distancing. 

Jeong, a computer science major and co-president of the Hamilton College Coding Team, solicited the help of a few peers. The result is three computer science-related summer mini courses that cover coding, ethics, and tutoring. The courses are now in full swing. Jeong and a team of student volunteers run the entire operation: curricula, scheduling, assignments, and leading the remote sessions.

Summer of Code is a 12-week, project-based course for students with limited computer science experience led by Jeong and Coding Team co-president Belal Shaheen. They lined up entrepreneurs as guest speakers and devised creative assignments like having students develop Hamilton-themed games.

Tutors develop and deliver lessons on Python and HTML/CSS, and meet weekly with younger students.

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