Today's task was a two-hour interview with a client at the EGH home. Next week I'll conduct more interviews.
I started volunteering at the Elizabeth Gregory Home today, a women's shelter near the University of Washington. I read two really moving speeches that were delivered at their annual dinner and then condensed them. Thank you, Michele and Elizabeth.
Yesterday we all gathered around each of the seven students and listened to them explain what their sites are about as they walked through them. Ivette and I shared some typical questions developers will get during stand ups.
It was so great to hear Jared ask Emmanuel "What were some of your road blocks or challenges?" Emmanuel explained that he uses trial and error a lot of the time. "Oh, so you used your thinky think?" responded Jared. This is one of their favorite sayings. hahahaha.
It was awesome to hear Rihanna explain that Ivette and I showed her two different ways to use image tags but that this was actually a good thing because now she knows more than one way!
Google Women Techmakers summit on March 3, 2018 in Seattle. Panelists, speakers, two different 2 hour workshops to choose from (either an Android Things kit set up or a "confidence building" workshop to practice tips for public speaking, pitches, vocal warm ups, etc.).
I have wanted to publicly give recognition to so many amazing people in my life for months now. Some of you I know very well, some of you I hardly know at all but you've impacted my life. Recognition was big at Apple and I'm kind of just in the habit now.
Ivette- Thank you for inviting me into your community before I even graduated from Code Fellows. Thank you for trusting me with your kiddos and allowing me to be a part of the Coding Falcons team. You are one of the strongest people I know. I love that we have the same goals and that you challenge me to work towards those goals alongside you, learning from you. Even when I'm not feeling my healthiest you are still sending me texts and emails with upcoming events. I cannot wait to keep building with you.
Brian M- Thank you for recommending me for a job you were initially asked to apply for, but you knew I had a passion for what this company, StrataGen, stood for. Thank you for meeting up with me after interviews to debrief and to share your experiences as a successful project manager at Microsoft. You have taught me so much and give so much of your time to your friends. You are such a positive being and such a hard worker. Congratulations on doing what you want!
George- Thank you for recommending me for the position you were leaving behind at T-mobile to pursue your new career at Microsoft. Thank you for answering my thousands of questions about the role. Thank you for sharing your stories and being someone to confide in during our Code Fellows months. You don't know this, and it will probably make you roll out of your seat with laugher, but you really are like a big brother to me. Thank you for your friendship.
Michelle- Thank you for being such an incredible teammate. Always rallying us and lifting our spirits. You were such a huge part of our cohort. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I appreciate your support. See you tomorrow to set up our arduino and talk about future plans. Congrats on your new role at Microsoft! They are so lucky to have you.
Eddie- Thank you for being as obsessed with programming as you are. And thank you for sharing that with everyone around you. Thank you for helping me while I was a TA. I think it's so important to have someone to bounce ideas off of and you go well beyond that. Thank you, on behalf of everyone, for all your unpaid help. Congrats on making it into Microsoft’s LEAP program! There is no one more deserving.
Suzanne- Thank you for offering up a space in your amazing home! Thank you for being relaxed enough to talk about real things and for sharing so many of the same interests and values I do. I rave about you to everyone I know. Thank you for being a life-long friend.
Tina- Thank you for being you. Thank you for being such a fantastic person. Sharing your stories and food and being so relaxed and chill it almost becomes therapeutic. Thank you for your art and your youtube videos and for being such a great person to work with and live with and talk with until the midnight hours.
Taylor Shead- You! You inspire me every. single. day. I could write a whole blog post about you and plan to. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for being one of THE MOST empathetic souls I will probably ever meet. It was crazy how meant to be our chance meeting and our working together at Apple and our friendship all was. Thank you for fulfilling your mission in life. Thank you for STEMuli. Thank you for inviting me to be a small part of STEMuli, your company that you built from the ground up.
Taylor Young- Thank you for your constant positivity and support. Thank you making life fun. Thank you for always letting me know when the mountain is out (TMO!). Thank you to Kym for knowing you from middle school. Thank you for moving to Seattle. Thank you for being one of my very, very best friends in this world.
Lynsey- Thank you for being one of my very best friends. You know how much you mean to me. Thank you for pushing me more than you even realize. You are one of the most hilarious people I've ever met. You are wise beyond your years, you are the best listener and always have THE BEST responses that make us all feel so understood. Thank you for moving to Seattle on your own and joining a team you adore at one of the best companies doing THE best work. Juno Therapeutics! CURING CANCER!!!! You make me do crazy things like move out of houses and quit my job and go to school and travel to India. All in six months.
Kym- Thank you for being one of my dearest, dearest friends in the whole wide world. You've been with me through it all. You make me pursue my dreams and you make me laugh until I'm crying. We have been in near constant communication for the past six years and counting. I can text you at 2am and you're somehow still up and ready to listen even with the Texas time difference. Your love for your friends and family is the reason I even know how to write a blog post like this.
Michael Treat- Thank you for TRULY caring about people and for making students feel comfortable enough to ask you any coding questions without fear of being made fun of. You are a true example of what a teacher should be. Thank you for caring about the under represented groups in environments where they are definitely the minority and realizing what that must feel like on a daily basis. Thank you for listening. Congratulations on your new job!
Gavin- Ohhhhh Gavin. Thank you for your sense of humor. If I write anything more you'll get awkward so I'll stop.
Izzy- Izz!!!!!! Thank you for being one of the most personable people at Code Fellows. Always introducing yourself to new people. You know everyone and everyone feels close to you. Thank you for all your help as our TA. Thank you for also being there for me when I needed to talk about non-code related issues. You are hilarious, thank you for making us all laugh.
JB- Thank you for being such an empathetic teacher and for working so hard for your students while simultaneously making it look like a piece of cake. Thank you for letting me shadow you so much. I always wanted to ask you more about your work trip to Spain.
Tia- Thank you for being you. Thank you for being a life long friend. Thank you for being such a huge part of why Willow Bend was such a close knit family for so many years. It's difficult to even put into words how much you've changed my life and how much I value our friendship. You have made me a better person. You make me continue to want to question everything and really, really challenge myself and the people around me. You do this effortlessly and with so much grace.
Don Pham- Don! I barely know you! But you reached out to a few of us (Ivette, myself and Brianna) to invite us to collaborate on a project with you! That means so much! Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for helping out at the TUNE hackathon!
Wade- Thank you for keeping me updated on Taylor Shead's company website that you worked so hard on.
Nicole- You went out of your way to send me encouraging texts during Code Fellows. You shared so much of yourself and your stories. You are one of THE strongest people I know. Thank you for moving to Seattle and for always staying positive.
Brandy- Thank you for being on call for all of us via slack! That still blows my mind. Thank you for reviewing a thank you note that landed me a possible internship and for making me feel empowered throughout. You do so much work, and it does not go unnoticed. Thank you for what you do.
The Parentals- Thank you for giving me a place to stay this past year. Thank you for everything.
Brother Nick- Thank you for being one of my best friends.
Brother Ted- Thank you for being the coolest, chillest, smartest, most loving little brother.
Eunice- Thank you for being such a true friend. Thank you for being one of the most selfless, most generous most hard working, dedicated people I know. You make your career as a behavioral therapist look like CAKE. If I write anything more you'll get awkward so I'll stop.
Isaiah- You were our ROCK during Code Fellows. You are one of the strongest people I've ever met. You were our rock all while you were going through something that no one should ever have to go though. And you did it with the best personality, the best attitude and the best advice. You are so wicked smart. Thank you for being such a good friend through one of the weirdest experiences. Have fun in Idaho!
Anthony Miguel- Best friend Tony Mike!!! You know how much you mean to me. Thankful everyday that you decided to be a Creative after being a Genius for so long at your NY stores. Thankful that we were partnered up for Creative Strategies. But let's be honest even if we weren't we would have realized quickly that only you and I could belt out all the lyrics to Int'l Players Anthem while driving through Austin with Alex and Matt in the back seat. Thank you for driving all the way up to Seattle to visit and for being a constant supply of positivity and laughs. Congratulations (still) on working at indeed and doing what you love!
The assignment this week was to create alert boxes. The long term goal is to create an alert box quiz.
Here's the codepen.
Last Wednesday: The math teacher acted as the student's client. He came in and listened to each of the two groups of five students discuss their web app. He asked questions and now they know what to expect for next time.
Yesterday: I turned off the lights, closed the door to block the noise of the gym and the students walking through the halls as school is getting let out, I reiterated the instructions that Ivette had planned- make sure your pages are linked on your personal sites and do some styling.
I stood at the podium and pulled up my codepen that I've been working in to mimic the assignment the students are currently working on. They all wanted gradient backgrounds which was awesome (I bet Ivette showed them that in regular class :). I had them pull up my codepen so they could see the code for divs. I think about half of the ten students created codepen accounts of their own. They enjoyed discovering dynamic, motion samples created all with CSS.
For lab 2 we needed to find six images of mammals for our page, practice nav bars, and practice divs. Still mob programming in groups of five!
I subbed for Ivette today so she could show her visiting folks from Chicago around Seattle.
Ivette left instructions on the board. We set deadlines throughout the hour for each task. Find images with your team, tag them in your html file, style them/resize them in your css file.
A friend of one student came in to the computer lab to visit her after we were done with coding.
I got to hear about how there was an incident with a bully when the principal came in to say hi. She said there would be a talk with that bully the next day.
I said I felt bad for the bully. Both girls turned away from their computers, jaws dropped...
"Yeah, I feel bad for bullies because they have stuff they're frustrated about and are trying to work through. Thank you for continuing to be the bigger person, both of you. I'm sorry that happened."
But I wasn't there, and I don't know the situation. I hope the right people help with that talk.
Coding Falcons playlist:
I am very excited to be TAing, and I am especially excited to be working with JB. He is a great mentor, a humble programmer with 20 years experience, and one of the most empathetic teachers around.
No time for pictures today. We got everyone caught up. We created GitHub accounts. We copied and pasted work into repositories. We discussed how presentations are going to go next Wednesday. Ivette announced there will be visitors and all ten students will be presenting their work in the iMac lab as if it were a science fair.
Ivette handed out CSS guides for creating a navigation bar, so the students can work on that on their own time, maybe during web dev lunch hour.
Camilla wanted minion photos for her page, Alex loves the Gorillaz, Anna loves donut memes, Rihanna loves pizza gifs, Izabella loves rainbow books, Marcus loves weird ads for fast food, Emanuel loves images of broken computer screens.
Today Ivette left web dev class early to teach the other teachers how to use google classrooms, so I got to help troubleshoot unlinked stylesheets, Atom crashes, spellchecking, and laughing at the images everyone found (rainbow books, double down sandwiches, swirling pizza gifs).
The lesson today was image tags within our html docs, then styling those images within our style.css. Check out two examples here in codepen.
Also! The images of the donated chrome book laptops and charging station are to demonstrate the need for more charging stations! Right now that cart is only designed to charge 16 chrome books, but there are a total of 64 chrome books. Here is the gofundme for anyone and everyone to donate even just $1 to help purchase more charging carts.
The one cart has 16 slots, but even if you crammed three chrome books to a slot, and somehow macgyvered the charging adapters to charge those crammed laptops you'd still only be charging 48 of the 64 total laptops!
It's so important to keep the laptops safe, charging and healthy for the next round of students in the years to come.
After Code 201 she had to get back to teaching. But she had planned on creating a web dev class for the middle school students who signed up.
On November 1, I was invited to help! I walked around answering questions while Ivette guides students step-by-step with the projector. You couldn't even tell that Ivette was sick, she brings energy and enthusiasm no matter what. The kiddos are eager to learn and it's obvious they trust Mrs. Cortez- they feel comfortable asking any and all questions. See you guys next Wednesday! Can't wait! This fed my soul.
I'll be posting more photos and a recap of the past five months here in about a week or so. Really excited to talk to more of my people and answer questions about them possibly attending community college or a code school to learn how to code. Thank you to the people who have reached out to me with questions. I did the same thing, so I am so happy to give back. Thank you Enrique and Michael, my former Apple coworkers, for answering my questions about Code Fellows.
Reflecting on my time with one of the best companies in the world. With some of the best people in the world. Here are photos through the years. These work families mean everything to me. Always working, always smiling, always laughing.
B Elliott's last day. With Noe and Jared.
Jason and I with an awesome regular, working on her cookbook.
That one time Shaquille O'Neal was in the building.
Photobombing a visiting coworker's selfie (from the Spokane store).
Read the full story here. It's quick.
Up until today I had never even heard of any woman covering any war, EVER. This meant more to me than I thought it would. Because when potential role models are erased from history you won't even have the capacity to think stuff like this is possible.
Thank you for sharing only a sliver of what you experienced with the world, Catherine Leroy.
Despite her many strong images, Ms. Leroy had remained relatively unknown, partly because she wasn’t a self-promoter, and partly because women photographers have often been excluded from the medium’s history, especially war photography.
I love our Code Fellows partner power hour presenters each Friday! Below are just a few, and I would like to add short recaps for each when I have the time.
Tomorrow is Monday of mid-term project week. Isaiah came up with a great idea, one that is designed to help future 301 students with generating their final project ideas. The problem domain- as a 301 code fellows student brainstorming final API project ideas can be difficult if you don't know what APIs are out there and what projects are possible with the ones we are less familiar with. Our project is a database of popular APIs (an API of APIs!) that the user can search by keyword. Users will sign up and sign in to access our database and favorite the APIs they like after reviewing their capabilities. There will be multiple end points based on category and our vetting/ranking of the quality of the docs. Each API will have properties (i.e. project examples for each API, doc rating, token request time, limit on requests, etc.) that help the user decide if they should use that API for their project.
My teammates and I also have a stretch goal for our mid-term project. We would like to incorporate a raspberry pi and one philips hue smart light bulb. The light bulb would light up red when there was an unsuccessful call to the database or light up green when the call was successful. We may not have time to work on this in the four days we have to complete this backend project.
At some point I would really like to create the following personal project. I'm a huge Stranger Things fan. So I would like to recreate the alphabet wall used for communication in the show.
I found a fellow on youtube who recreated the alphabet wall using not a raspberry pi but an arduino and his wall is WEARABLE. He uses a 25 input keypad (not sure how the 26th letter is handled...?) to type out words or cue up random flashing lights. The video is 37 seconds long, check it out below!
Below are just a few photos leading up to project week.