Students at Grace Hopper Academy, the only deferred-tuition women’s coding bootcamp, spend 13 intense weeks learning coding technologies. But it’s not all through lectures and workshops. Part of the process also involves an interesting educational technique, called “Teach to Learn.”
The idea is simple but powerful: Every student will teach themselves a new technical topic, then teach it to their classmates. After initial success, Teach to Learn is now a key part of the Grace Hopper and Fullstack Academy shared educational structure. The extensive research and attention to fundamental detail that comes with teaching is a great way to solidify new concepts.
Peggy Rayzis (now a developer for Major League Soccer) talks about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Cylon.js eases communication between platforms.
By anticipating potential questions and ensuring a complete lecture is given, presenters often come away from their talks as resident “experts” on subject matter, even if they had no previous experience in that specific area.
Students can talk about any subject related directly to coding and tech. These topics can range anywhere from CSS animations and React.js, to Bitcoin and UX/UI principles.
But even more than a learning tool, these lectures are preparing Grace Hopper graduates to be leaders and active participants in the tech scene they’re about to join. Development is often type-cast as a solitary job filled by timid programmers, but the reality is the industry requires engineers that can explain their work clearly and completely. Gone are the days of the isolated coding-savant!
Plus, speaking at meetups and conferences is a great way to network in the developer community. Public engagements like these frequently lead to increased business partnerships and job opportunities, but also more visibility for women in tech. A win-win-win all around!
Samantha Vinci (now an engineer at MOAT) talks about Markov Chains and how to simulate real world phenomena.
In addition to the videos above, be sure to check out some more Grace Hopper Academy Tech Talks.
You may just learn something!