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Aug. 7, 2013 12:30 pm

Code in the Schools wins $1K Awesome Foundation grant

The months-old nonprofit teaches Baltimore city school students computer coding by having them create their own video games.

Gretchen and Michael LeGrand, cofounders of nonprofit Code in the Schools.

(Photo by Andrew Zaleski)

Full Disclosure: Code in the Schools is having students showcase their completed video games during Baltimore Innovation Week, which is co-organized by Technical.ly Baltimore.

Code in the Schools, the months-old nonprofit that teaches Baltimore city public school students computer programming skills by having them design their own video games, was awarded $1,000 by the Baltimore chapter of the Awesome Foundation this month.

The money is going toward the nonprofit’s next series of courses on the Construct 2 engine, according to Code in the School’s grant page. Completed games will be available on mobile devices, and professional video game developers will judge the students’ games in late September during Baltimore Innovation Week.

Founded in Boston in 2009, the Awesome Foundation gives monthly grants of $1,000 through its nationwide network of chapters, each of which raises the money from about 10 local “micro-financers,” to different projects in the arts and sciences.

Code in the School, as Technically Baltimore reported in June, is headed by husband-wife team Michael and Gretchen LeGrand, and is Baltimore’s version of Code.org, the nationwide initiative to have K-12 students in every school in the U.S. learn computer coding.

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