Capital One Coders is hosting a graduation in Northern Virginia for local students - DC


Dec. 10, 2018 12:58 pm

Capital One Coders is hosting a graduation in Northern Virginia for local students

On Monday, 6th-8th grade students from Fairfax County and Falls Church public schools present their apps and compete in a hackathon.

Erika Dean and Rajiv Sondhi, Vice President of Software Engineering at Capital One, with students demonstrating apps. (Photo courtesy of Capital One)

On Monday, Capital One is hosting a graduation event for sixth through eighth grade students from Fairfax County and Falls Church Public schools who are a part of its Capital One Coders Program.

Capital One Coders is a 10-week program bringing STEM education to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, DC previously reported. Students are taught to work together and solve problems in teams, and learn the basic principles of software development from Capital One volunteer developers. So far, nearly 9,000 students nationwide have learned STEM skills through the program over the past four years.

The Coders program is a part of Capital One’s Future Edge initiative, designed to bring small business development, and financial and digital literacy to help overcome the skills gap facing the current and future labor market, DC previously reported.

The graduation will be held at Capital One’s McLean, Va., headquarters located at 1680 Capital One Drive at 6 p.m., where students will compete in an app-building contest, participate in a hackathon, and receive prizes for their efforts to learn STEM skills for their future. The apps will be judged by a panel to select winners.

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