Mystery Code Society

Mystery Code Society

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15/05/2024

Mystery Code Society is looking for a Teacher for our upcoming Fundamentals of Code course! It is a free, introductory coding class offered to middle school students.

In this class, students will learn fundamentals of code using block programming!

Apply with the link below!

https://buff.ly/4500TyV

29/04/2024

Have you wanted to learn to code but didn't know how or where to start?

Or maybe you've come across coding classes at your school but thought it was a little too advanced? Do you like problem-solving and games? This might be the right class for you! This summer, Mystery Code Society is offering Fundamentals of Code class at Do Space (5111 N 90th St) for middle school students! In this course, students will learn fundamentals of code through the exploration of Scratch and Minecraft. Bellow is the link to the application!

https://buff.ly/4aT4hh1

01/04/2024

We feel very fortunate to have achieved remarkable feats over the years as we work to promote gender equity through free courses, and community events. However, these achievements and the continuity of Mystery Code Society would not be possible without our incredible volunteers, teachers, board members and supporters in the community. We are eternally grateful for your support.

12/03/2024

We are excited to introduce MCS 2024 officers:

Ashley Udell, President - joined the organization in 2023 and immediately took on a role as secretary through which she helped facilitate our first laptop scholarship program, organized quarterly meetings and community events, served as class organizer, and co-led the partnership committee.
Grace Erixon, Treasurer – a former MCS student who joined the organization in 2019 and has served in many roles including class organizer, teacher, teaching assistant and head of the programming committee. Grace also served as MCS's Vice President in 2021 before stepping into the role of Treasurer.
Clarice Santos, Secretary - our newest board member! She comes with experiences as a member of another nonprofit organization where she provides individualized support to under-resourced students in the Omaha Metro area. Upon joining MCS, she took on the challenge of running and getting elected as the 2024 Secretary.
The board is thrilled to serve under the leadership of our remarkable officers, and we look forward to achieving milestones together. For a full list of our board members, check out this link ->
https://buff.ly/3TcacWR

08/03/2024

As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, we want to reaffirm our commitment to promoting gender equity in tech. Every year, we offer free classes and workshops to middle and high school students around the Omaha Metro area. We believe wholeheartedly in this work and remain dedicated to our mission of building a sustainable community for the next generation of pioneers, visionaries, and professionals.

01/03/2024

To kick off Women's History Month, we would like to highlight our invaluable founders who sought to create a community committed to advocating for equity and encouraging diversity in tech. Mystery Code Society began as Omaha's first Girls Who Code club at the Abraham's Branch Public library in February 2016. After back-to-back clubs, the organizers developed custom classes to cater to the interests of our students. In 2018, four of the original organizers and teachers, Shannon Jackson, Eris Koleszar, Sandi Barr, and Wendy Holley, formed Mystery Code Society as a corporation and nonprofit. This giant leap gave us opportunities to formalize our operations, create a board, accept donations, and reach more students. Thank you founders!!

28/02/2024

Celebrate Black History Month with us by spotlighting the incredible Tiffany Gamble!
As a dedicated tech advocate and the visionary founder of Emerging Ladies Academy, Tiffany has been making waves since 2017. Her impactful work has expanded to provide hands-on after-school tech education in five OPS middle schools, reaching and inspiring young minds. Beyond the classroom, Tiffany's commitment extends to the community, offering engaging tech workshops and courses that empower individuals to thrive in the digital age. Join us in honoring Tiffany Gamble's remarkable contributions to tech education and her unwavering dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion in tech.

Timeline photos 09/02/2024

At Mystery Code Society, we appreciate the women paving the way for us. To kick off Black History Month, we’d love to recognize Shonna Dorsey, a trailblazer in the Nebraska tech community. As the Executive Director of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative and internNE, Shonna has displayed versatile expertise, ranging from startup co-founder to nonprofit vice president. Notably, as the Workforce Pipeline Committee Co-Chair for the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, Shonna spearheaded initiatives promoting tech education from PK-12 to career changers. Recognized for her outstanding service, she received the Excellence in Community Service Award in 2019 and the Women in Technology Award in 2015. Shonna's dedication, reflected in roles such as Commissioner for the Nebraska Information Technology Council, showcases her unwavering commitment to shaping Nebraska's tech landscape and inspiring future leaders.

Timeline photos 04/01/2024

Applications to JavaScript Game Development are open until Jan 7th! This class will hold on Saturdays (12:30 P.M. to 2 P.M) from Jan 20th to Apr 6th at UNO Criss Library. During this course, students will learn the fundamentals of JavaScript and coding fundamentals and apply the knowledge to build their own game! Apply at https://buff.ly/41HUcQl

Timeline photos 29/11/2023

Our year would not be complete without expressing heartfelt gratitude to the 6 individuals who taught our classes this year. A few years ago, we started equitably compensating our instructors with the help of individual donors, other nonprofit organizations, and Omaha based companies. Our teachers work closely with the students throughout the course and remain available virtually to assist students who want to continue contributing to the class project. Our teachers also serve as mentors to these students and help them improve their presentation skills. We have been lucky to partner with experienced tech professionals to teach and support the next generation joining STEM. Shoutout to all our teachers, you made this year a success! If you would like to support our mission through a donation, please visit this link: https://buff.ly/47OQRAC .

Timeline photos 16/11/2023

This year, Mystery Code Society courses introduced 13 middle and high school students to coding fundamentals in android mobile app development, JavaScript, and iOS mobile app development. At the end of these courses, our students developed apps like name generator, mood tracker, shopping speed, scheduler, etc. The last day of each class was graduation where our students got to present their projects and celebrate the accomplishment. We are very proud of each student we were able to serve this year and look forward to reaching more students next year. To view our students’ projects, please visit this link: https://buff.ly/47i21hl.

Photos from Mystery Code Society's post 09/11/2023

As we celebrate the milestones we achieved this year, we would like to take a moment to thank our volunteers. This year, MCS offered 3 courses through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, individuals, and community supporters. During these courses, we introduced the students to 7 tech professionals in the community who volunteered their time to share their tech journey along with their unique challenges and offer career advice to the students. We also had 2 former students who volunteered as teaching assistants to help during months-long classes. As a nonprofit organization, our work would not be possible without the altruism of volunteers. We are very grateful to everyone who made this year a success. If you are interested in joining our board or have general questions about MCS, please fill this form: https://buff.ly/3tUtRBD.

Timeline photos 02/11/2023

As the year wraps up, we would like to celebrate our amazing 2023 board which consisted of 8 board members and 7 advisory board members.

With their help, we were able to offer classes, provide mentorship, award a laptop scholarship, build stronger relationships with the community, and strengthen our partnership network. If you are interested in joining the MCS community and want to learn more about board responsibilities or have general questions about MCS, please use this form! https://buff.ly/3tUtRBD.

Timeline photos 30/10/2023

Our fall class - Intro to iOS Mobile App Development offered in partnership with Emerging Ladies Academy, wrapped up this past Saturday with a graduation celebration where students presented their projects. We are so proud of our students and grateful to them and their parents for participating in this 8-week course. Students learned about Swift, Xcode, and versioning through Github, then each of them built a scheduling app to assist them in managing sometimes hectic school schedules and commitments. Thank you Do Space for being the class sponsor by providing space, food, and helping to equitably compensate our teachers. We are very grateful for all the support we get from individuals, partners, and the Omaha community which enables us to continue offering these free courses in our efforts to champion equity in tech.

Timeline photos 26/10/2023

Hi everyone! Mystery Code Society will have a booth and we will be handing out candy and flyers for our next class at the Farnam Hill's Trunk or Treat event on Oct 28th from 10-3! We would love to see you there!

Timeline photos 13/10/2023

We are excited to introduce our speakers for our iOS Mobile App Development class Balaji Veeramani and Cassandra Johnson! Both speakers shared their incredible journey into tech with our budding coders. Thank you to Balaji and Cassandra for sharing their story with our students, inspiring them to explore the various fields of technology, and encouraging them to persevere while pursuing their goals.

Timeline photos 22/09/2023

This week, our cherished board member and secretary, Ashley Udell participated as a panelist for Nebraska Tech Collaborative's first Women of Color in Tech Meetup. We are so proud of you Ashley and the great strides you are making in our community. Thank you for your continued work to champion equity in the tech space!

Timeline photos 14/09/2023

This past Saturday, we kicked off our first-ever Intro to iOS Mobile App Development class in partnership with Emerging Ladies Academy with the support of our sponsor Do Space! This 8-week course will teach students the fundamentals of iOS development and enable them to build an app of their own!
We are continuously grateful for partnerships that make it possible for us to continue offering free coding classes as we work to champion equity in tech!

Timeline photos 17/08/2023

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for our brand new class, Intro to iOS Mobile App Development! This class will hold on Saturdays (10 AM - 1 PM) from Sept. 9th to Oct. 28th at Do Space (Milton Abrahams Branch, OPL). During this 8-week course, students will learn the fundamentals of an iOS app and apply the knowledge to build their own app.
Applications are due by August 25th. Apply at https://buff.ly/45sneod

Photos from Mystery Code Society's post 24/07/2023

Yesterday, we wrapped up the Summer Intro. to JavaScript class with a graduation ceremony along with project presentations from our students. We were all very impressed with the projects presented by the students at the end of this 7 week course. We are extremely grateful to our Teacher, Samia and our TA Natalia. We would also like to thank our volunteer, Sudeep - a former student who attended classes to help students with bug fixes and project ideas.

To checkout our student projects over the years, please visit our website: https://buff.ly/43FpRAY

Thank you to for donating a space for this class and providing food throughout the 7 weeks, to Jessica and Mitch for their donation to pay our teachers, to our board members for facilitating, and of course the students and their parents for joining us over the last 7 weeks. We are grateful for all the support we get from the community that allows us to continue our mission of championing gender equity in tech through free coding classes.

Photos from Mystery Code Society's post 02/05/2023

Last Sunday we wrapped up the Intro. to Mobile App. Development class offered in collaboration with . Our students presented their projects to an enthused audience. We are in awe of our students, and very grateful to them and their parents for joining us over the last 10 weeks. Thank you to Tech Collaborative for sponsoring food for the class. We are appreciative of all the support from our partners and the community that enables us to continuing offering these course among other initiatives.

Timeline photos 18/04/2023

We had the pleasure of welcoming Faith Suh as our last speaker for the Intro to Mobile App. Dev. speaker series. She shared how her foundational CS courses in high school have helped her excel as a Comp. Sci. undergraduate student at UNO. She also talked about her goal of securing an tech-focused internship within the next year and how technology is helping her think innovatively in growing her business (Mon Cherie Faith). Thank you Faith for sharing your tech journey so far and for advising our students on how to excel as a Comp. Science undergraduate student!! .

Timeline photos 03/04/2023

This past Sunday, Mitchell Barry, a current MCS Advisory board member presented to students as part of our speakers series in the ongoing Intro to Mobile App. Dev. Class. Mitch shared his experience writing applications, lessons learned along the way, and some real world examples that can help the students think of ways to create on their own when they've finished this class. He also engaged the students to discuss the importance of mentorship and helping others in their journeys. Thank you Mitch for taking the time to share your tech journey and mentor our students!!! .

Photos from Mystery Code Society's post 27/03/2023

Autumn, a current MCS Advisory board member presented as part of our speaker series to the students of our ongoing Intro to Mobile App. Dev. class. She talked about her journey into tech, her love for creativity, problem solving, all things technology, and how she found her passion as a Customer Success Manager. Thank you Autumn for taking the time to share your tech journey and inspire our students!!! .

Photos from Mystery Code Society's post 18/03/2023

We would love to thank everyone who came to the MCS social this last Saturday! It was amazing to see everyone in person and discuss what MCS has done and plans for the future. Thank you for all the support and we look forward to seeing everyone at future events!

Timeline photos 08/03/2023

Today is International Women’s Day! At Mystery Code Society our mission is to promote gender equity in tech and we have an incredible group of women working hard every day to build a strong community for the next generation of innovators, creators, and professionals. We hope everyone celebrates today!

Timeline photos 11/02/2023

We are so glad to welcome the newest additions to the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for Mystery Code Society. We look forward to a great year with you all!

Timeline photos 16/01/2023

Do you know someone who should take our newest class, Intro to Mobile Application Development? If so, remind them to apply before Jan 22nd!

Running from Feb. 5th to April 23rd (with breaks on March 12th and April 9th), this class will be taught at Do Space on Sundays from 1-3:30pm.

By the end of this 10-week course, students will achieve a basic understanding of the structure of an Android app and will be able to apply what they learn to build a simple Android app of their own.

Applications are due by Jan. 22nd. Apply at: https://buff.ly/3IsrUBy

Timeline photos 06/01/2023

Apply for our newest class, Intro to Mobile Application Development! Running from Feb. 5th to April 23rd (with breaks on March 12th and April 9th), this class will be taught at Do Space on Sundays from 1-3:30pm.

By the end of this 10-week course, students will achieve a basic understanding of the structure of an Android app and will be able to apply what they learn to build a simple Android app of their own.

Applications are due by Jan. 22nd. Apply at: https://buff.ly/3IsrUBy

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