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srnd.org
StudentRND Logo.png
Formation 2009[1]
Type 501(c)(3) non-profit[2]
Registration no. 26-4742589
Purpose STEM Education
Headquarters Seattle, Washington
Location
Region served
US
Official language
English, Spanish
Origin
Sammamish, Washington
Executive Director
Tyler Menezes
Founder
Edward Jiang
Board of Directors
Charlie Kindel, Christy Wilson, Tyler Menezes, Zaq Wiedmann, Bob Crimmins
Budget
$300,000[3]
Staff
22[4]
Volunteers
50
Website srnd.org
Formerly called
StudentRND

srnd.org (sometimes stylized "srnd") is a non-profit organization which promotes STEM education for high school students.

The organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, but operates programs for 25,000 students in 40 cities,[5] focusing on new programmers from diverse backgrounds.They run several programs, but are best known for a 24-hour coding event called CodeDay.[6][7]

History[edit]

srnd.org was founded in 2009 by Edward Jiang[8] as Student Research and Development (which is still the organization's legal name),[9] and was initially a makerspace for students and high school accelerator,[10] helping to start several successful companies. [11][12][13][14][15][16] The early days of the organization were profiled in the book, Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters.[17]

The original mission of srnd.org was to "create the next generation of technologists" through makerspaces,[18] however srnd.org closed its makerspace in 2013, citing lack of attendance and high costs, and began focusing entirely on CodeDay.[19]

Around the same time, srnd.org adopted its current mission of "increasing Computer Science enrollment nationwide", as well as focusing on attracting diverse students. Despite this focus on diversity, it does not promote to any single demographic, reporting a combined diversity of 68% women, low-income, African American, and Latino students (compared to the industry norm of 14%).[20] [21]

By 2017, more than 25,000 students without experience had taken part in srnd.org's programs, and 18,000 continued to code.[20]

CodeDay[edit]

CodeDay February 2012

srnd.org started its CodeDay program in 2012,[22] a series of 24-hour programming competitions run across the US every few months, usually on long weekends.[23]

CodeDay is currently hosted in 40 cities,[20] focusing on areas traditionally underserved by tech education programs.[24] All cities run CodeDay simultaneously, and are hosted at local tech companies or co-working spaces, and funded by local donations, sponsorships,[25] and a $10 entrance fee, which some consider controversial.[26]

The events run 24 hours with pitches at the beginning and presentations at the end; many students program for the entire event.[27] Many students who attend CodeDay have little or no experience before attending.[28] The goal of CodeDay is to get these students to continue to pursue Computer Science after they leave.

Other Programs[edit]

srnd.org also runs two other programs: a summer and winter break program for high school students called CodeBreak, and an online community.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crunchbase: StudentRND". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. ^ "IRS Designation Letter 947" (PDF). IRS. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  3. ^ "StudentRND Records". StudentRND. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Contact ~ srnd.org". srnd.org. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  5. ^ "CodeDay event in Tempe makes it fun for kids to learn computer skills". azcentral. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Local students join programming competition at CodeDay Atlanta". MDJ. 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?". NPR. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Edward Jiang". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  9. ^ "Ashoka Avancemos". Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  10. ^ "A think space for student scientists". Bellevue Reporter. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  11. ^ Lawler, Ryan (August 8, 2012). "YC-Backed TapIn.tv Launches To Bring Instantaneous Live Video Streaming To The iPhone". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  12. ^ Wong, George (August 19, 2012). "StudentRND Plasma Speaker looks menacing". ubergizmo. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  13. ^ "Reis Audio". Zaarly. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  14. ^ Soper, Taylor (February 26, 2013). "StudentRND members launch Kickstarter for radiation detector, raise $13K in one week". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  15. ^ Cook, John (March 29, 2012). "Y Combinator for high-school kids? It's students only at this new startup incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ Tom, Mikey (August 23, 2012). "Meet the 7 startup teams in StudentRND's summer incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  17. ^ "Be a Changemaker". Simon and Schuster. 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  18. ^ Laurie Ann Thompson (16 September 2014). Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters. Simon and Schuster. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-58270-465-4. 
  19. ^ "Space; Moving On". Medium. 2013-11-26. 
  20. ^ a b c "srnd.org". srnd.org. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  21. ^ "Tech: Where the women and minorities aren't". USA Today. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  22. ^ "Meet Sidebar: Student programmer creates popular Android app at CodeDay Seattle". Geekwire. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  23. ^ Palmer, Kyle (April 30, 2012). "Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens". NPR. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  24. ^ "Coding marathon draws good turnout in Corvallis". Corvallis Gazette-Times. January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  25. ^ Managan, Megan (December 19, 2011). "Teenagers launch technology non-profit". Sound Publishing. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  26. ^ Tess Rinearson [@_tessr] (12 December 2012). "@EdwardStarcraft Pay to hack?! :(" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  27. ^ Sharify, John (February 25, 2013). "Students in Code Heaven at CodeDay". King5. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  28. ^ "Students Prepare For 24-Hour Code-A-Thon In Alpharetta". Patch. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  29. ^ "srnd.org". Retrieved 2017-07-21. 

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