Greenhouse Coding Academy open to area 9th graders

Richmond, Ind. – The Innovation Center is now offering a free computer coding class to local 9th graders. Dubbed the “Greenhouse Coding Academy,” the class was made possible by an AT&T Aspire contribution announced last year.


The class meets Monday evenings from February 22-March 28 in Richmond’s Uptown Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street. The class is limited to the first twelve 9th graders. Registration is available at


Classes are taught by retired Earlham computer science professor John Howell and GreenFiling computer coder Elena Sergienkov, who is also an Earlham computer science graduate. The course is taught using the programing language Scratch. Students learn problem solving skills using Scratch to write their own computer game. The course ends with a presentation of their project to family and local business leaders.


“The goal of the Greenhouse is to grow awareness of computer science skills and particularly computer coding as a career option,” said Scott Zimmerman, program director for The Greenhouse Coding Academy.


In addition to one-on-one course instruction, the students meet local computer coding professionals who will share what inspired their coding career choice.


Zimmerman said, “There are local jobs available in Richmond when students complete computer training. GreenFiling is a local computer startup which chose to stay in Richmond. ”


The Greenhouse Coding Academy is funded by AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative. Through AT&T Aspire, the company drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. It’s another way that AT&T is using the power of its network to build a better tomorrow.


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