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Youth Code Jam

From the funds they received from the Foundation, Youth Code Jam was able to provide an after-school club as well as two “Code Jams” which are free events that allow all students and their grown-ups to explore coding and technology in an inclusive and interactive environment. These events provide a judgment-free zone full of fun, encouragement, and exploration; it’s all about sparking interest and trying new things! Attendees have the opportunity to learn about career pathways from field experts, engage with like-minded community members, and learn about emerging technology, trends, and more.  Jams are open to all K-12 students and are free. 


Township of Union Public Schools

The Township of Union Public School District is in northern-central Union County, New Jersey.  It is the fourth most diverse town in New Jersey.  The school system currently operates ten schools serving roughly 7,300 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade:  six kindergartens through grade four elementary, one fifth-grade school, two middle schools and one comprehensive high school.

The Rackspace Foundation provided funding to supplement their STEAM initiatives throughout the school district.  The district utilized our funding in a variety of ways to support technology education across all elementary, middle and high school grade levels. The Rackspace Foundation grant supported the district’s goals to improve access to current technology and have it in the hands of their students.  These lifelong learning experiences will enable students to be better prepared for the changing technology landscape and increase their interest in the field.

For example, 3D printers were purchased to be used during technology and coding classes and in after-school sessions.  Coding robots were purchased for elementary school programs and materials were purchased to create a podcasting program to teach students how to create a school podcast.  Our support enabled the school system to create hands-on learning experiences in these areas as well as in their CAD and drone programs.