Communities Code

Program Contact

Eliana Colunga

The ability to create and express oneself with technology is important for full participation in today’s digital society. However, troubling participation gaps still persist among underrepresented groups such as African-American and Latino-American youth.

Communities Code aims to create high quality computing experiences for young people and to strengthen their social support by engaging their peers in after school programs, supporting their teachers through professional development, and inviting their families to learn alongside them.

Communities Code builds on Kids Code, a two-year outreach project funded by the CU Boulder Outreach Award, which focused on expanding computer science opportunities for K-8 students and developing professional development for teachers. Communities Code also builds on the Family Creative Learning project, which engages families to create and learn together with computing.

This project supports a collaboration between CU Boulder faculty and students and CU Science Discovery with community partners around Colorado to develop a more ecological approach to supporting computer science and computing education across people and settings.

  • Hour of Code


    In Colorado




    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
  • College of Media, Communication and Information

  • Department of Information Science

Program Partners

  • CU Science Discovery
  • Boulder Housing Partners
  • Boulder Public Library
  • Denver Public Library
  • Schools such as Columbine Elementary, Whittier Elementary, and Crest View Elementary

Audiences Served

  • Adult Learners
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Urban Communities