Courses

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In partnership with a number of respected regional institutions, we offer a wide range of courses suited to train, educate, and motivate our scholars to pursue sustainable and fulfilling careers in the tech industry. Through Level Up 412 coursework, our scholars not only develop practical skill sets that are quickly applicable to their preferred career field; they also develop a passion for learning – engaging with experienced instructors and fellow scholars who share their enthusiasm for the tech industry.

Explore courses in programming, web development, cyber security, information technology, mechatronics, and more!

Registration occurs on a rolling basis, unless otherwise noted. All courses are free of charge to eligible applicants.

Eligibility: LevelUp412 is an equitable-access initiative open to residents of the City of Pittsburgh and select outerlying municipalities (McKees Rocks, Stowe, Homestead, Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg, Duquesne, and McKeesport).

Engineering with Straws (Outschool)

Use the Engineering Design process to build amazing creations using straws! Projects include cars, egg drops, roller coasters, geodesic domes and more!

Remote
Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 10-14 years old
Length: Jan. 11, 2021 – Feb. 15, 2021 @ 2pm-2:50pm

Exploring the Building Blocks of STEAM with Lego Gadgets

In partnership with Pitt’s School of Computing & Information, participants in this program will learn the fundamentals of technology and engineering through the building and application of 11 gadget types through Lego Gadgets. The classes will run for 6 weeks, once week

Provider: Pitt CEC in the Hill
Student Age: 9-13 years old
Length: Early March, TBD (CLOSED)

Game Design Workshop: Part 1

In partnership with Pitt’s School of Computing & information, these 4-week game design challenge teaches youth the basics of video game design and coding through the creation of a video game, “The World’s Hardest Video Game”.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 8-13 years old
Length: 4-Week Course, 4:30-5:30 on 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 and 4/15

Game Design Workshop: Part 2

In Partnership with PItt’s School of Computing & information, this 4-week game design challenge is a follow-up to Part 1, teaching youth advanced skills of video game design and coding through the creation of various video games.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 8-13 years old
Length: 4-Week Course (Lesson Presented 1x/Week) (CLOSED)

Hacking Barriers to Entry: A remote and holistic pathway to tech

6-month, self-paced coding bootcamp via Treehouse Tech Degree. Option of gaining proficiency in any of the following: PHP, Python, UX Design, Front End Development, Full-Stack Development Access to resiliency and work-life balance workshops with The Center for Interracial Relationships, job workshops, personal mentors.

Provider:Womxn in Tech PGH
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: 6 Months (COURSE FULL)

Information Technology Fundamentals: CIT 115

This course explores technical issues involved with computers and information technology. Students will be able to set up a basic workstation, conduct basic software installation, establish basic network connectivity, identify compatibility issues, identify/prevent basic security risks and demonstrate knowledge in the areas of safety and preventative maintenance of computers. This course prepares students considering a career in Information Technology (IT) or desiring a more detailed knowledge of IT fundamentals.

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

Intro to 3D Modeling and Game Design with Open Lab

Program Description: Participants are given access to training modules through the Open Lab’s online training space, covering software such as TinkerCAD and the Unity Game Engine. During weekly sessions, learners are guided through these tutorials and learn to create objects, structures, environments, and the basics of game design. Follow up sessions allow for learners to share their work and gain feedback from their peers and session leaders.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15-18 years old
Length: Target launch date: Late February/Early March 2021, number of sessions TBD

Learn To Code Scratch – Program an Interactive Animation (Outschool)

In this class students will learn how to program using Scratch 3.0. They will learn how to add sprites (characters), change backgrounds and program animations. Students will express their creativity and work on their problem solving skills as they program animations.

Remote
Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 7-10 years old
Length: 45 minutes by request

Learning Python through Jupyter

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarship Series, this self-paced online workshop is led by Barry Moore II of the Center for Research Computing and offers an opportunity for ‘side-by-side’learning with University and Community. If you have experience with another programming language or have never programmed at all, this workshop will help you hit the ground running. This workshop approaches Python as a tool to complete data science tasks. Attendees will walk through Python at their own pace covering: types, operators, data structures, loops, flow control, comprehensions, and dealing with files. If you finish the introductory material you can continue to learn about Pandas. Pandas is a Python library which contains useful data structures for completing common data science tasks.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: 1 3-hr workshop available for up to 5 community residents (COURSE FULL)

LEGO Robotics (Boost Creative Toolbox)

Introduction into the creative world of coding where students build, learn, and program robots. Students can build and rebuild 5 cool multifunctional robot models.

In-person
Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 8-13 years old
Length: Wednesdays @ 4pm-5:15pm (COURSE CLOSED)

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