Educational Institutions

The League of Amazing Programmers

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.jointheleague.org

Mission Statement

Motivating the next generation of technical leaders through community outreach, education, and mentoring by software professionals with an emphasis on reaching more girls and underserved populations.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Autonomous Robot Competition (iAROC)
  2. After-School Program Teaching Kids Java
  3. Java Workshops
  4. 'Girl's Rule' Workshops

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Service Areas

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California

greater San Diego county, CA

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

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Mr. Vic Wintriss

Director & Lead Teacher since 2012

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Mrs. June Clarke

Keywords

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Java, CS, Wintriss, Programming, Code, learn to code, computer programming, Computer Science, STEM

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Also Known As

Wintriss Technical Schools

EIN

20-4744610

Physical Address

12625 High Bluff Drive #106

San Diego, CA 92130

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Computer Science (U41)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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1. First WTS students to enter college Computer Science program at Stanford and University of Utah 2. 12 students pass Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) exam, one in 7th grade 3. Sponsored 6th annual International Autonomous Robot Competition (iARoC) at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park 4. Provide weekly Java classes to 50 children (grades 5 - 12)5. Offer "GirlsRule" workshops, for girls only6. Second student passes the Oracle Professional Certification Exam in 11th grade7. 25% of students receiving needs-basis scholarships

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Annual Autonomous Robot Competition (iAROC)

Every year since 2008, The League has served the San Diego robotics community by hosting the Annual Autonomous Robotics Competition (iAROC). We provide scholarships, support, and mentorship for local teams external to our school, and provide a free week-long camp where teams can practice with sample mazes. Students throughout California form teams and work together to program their own robots to compete in a series of challenges in the form of mazes and games. This competition emphasizes robot programming over robot building, providing an opportunity for students to see the interconnectivity between software and hardware and to showcase their learning on a larger scale. Unlike many other robot competitions, the robots must navigate mazes autonomously, without any remote or manual control.

The primary objective of this event is to inspire the next generation of technical leaders under the mentorship of software professionals. The competition is open to any grade, middle or high-school students. Typically, 70 students from across California compete. Students work for several months on programs for their robots and incorporate a number of motion sensors, including infrared and ultrasonic sensors.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

After-School Program Teaching Kids Java

A unique, after-school and weekend program that teaches Java computer programming to kids starting in the 5th grade. All instructors are volunteer Java professionals and teach the kids Java by writing fun computer games. Ten students so far have passed the computer science advanced placement exam...one in the seventh grade.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$110,000

Program 3

Java Workshops

To help address the critical shortage of computer programmers in the United States, WTS conducts a series of week-long workshops designed to introduce young people (5th - 12th grade) to the principles of Java programming. It is anticipated that students who find these workshops interesting will continue in the WTS continuing study program.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$7,500.00

Program 4

'Girl's Rule' Workshops

A week-long girls only workshop designed to introduce young girls to the principals of Java Programming. The aim of these workshops is to encourage girls to program, to help the girls experience the satisfaction that comes from being a builder - not just a consumer - of the web and technology, to develop a passion for learning about technology and become more confidant and self- assured. Most girls think that coding is harder than it actually is!! As a result, they approach it with an expectation that they can only scratch the surface and cannot go deeper. The first issue that the "Girl's Rule Workshop' addresses is never about the language like "What is a variable?" The first issue addressed is making sure each person in the room believes that they are capable of learning everything that they are about ot be told. From the curriculum to its attitude - WTS strives to create a class that builds confidence at every step.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

350 per student

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Wintriss Technical School’s Misson Statement is: ‘Motivating the next generation of technical programmers through community outreach, education and mentoring by software professionals.’

    WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

    _ By 2020, there will be a shortage of more than 1,000,000 computer programmers in
    the U.S.
    _ In 41 states, computer science does not count towards high school graduation
    requirement.
    _ In middle school, 74% of girls show interest in STEM, but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% high school girls select computer science.
    _ women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.
    _ A well paying computer science career by one member can lift an entire family out of
    poverty.

    WTS provides training in computer programming for students from 5th grade through high school. It is the only school in the U.S. that teaches the Java object oriented computer language as opposed to JavaScript to kids. The school has set several goals to be achieved in the next 2-3 years.

    One of our goals to further extend the delivery of our services is to set up more classroom locations throughout San Diego county.
    50% increase in the number of paying students.
    50% increase in the number of students getting scholarships. Currently 4 paying students cover the costs associated with one scholarship student.
    Continually improve the quality of the teaching and learning process by teaming up with trained computer professionals and tech companies To build a Java Certification Program specifically designed for high school students and a series of mini lessons that are challenging, engaging and fun.
    Continue to measure results through data collection and evaluation, and ensure the quality of our services through standard setting and ongoing training.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The WTS curriculum is very unique: By programming games such as Pong, Tic Tac Toe, and Asteroids, students are kept interested in learning Object Oriented concepts. Each lesson is comprised of mini recipes where input of data results in the immediate output of a result, which allows the student to visualize what they are doing and make adjustments accordingly as needed. This is fun and provides great motivation. The school offers various programs like ongoing classes throughout the week, summer camps and robotics competitions. All WTS teachers are qualified Java professionals.

    Ongoing classes are offered at times convenient for parents/students, including weekends, vacations and after school evening hours.
    _ Student/teacher ratio of 4:1 allows for highly customized and personalized instruction.
    _ Students progress through 10 levels of instruction with certificates and t-shirts
    awarded for completion of each level.
    _ Advanced students are encouraged to mentor younger students during classes. This
    provides a big boost to their confidence and motivation.

    Summer Camps are held every year to help kids explore the world of computer programming. In 2013, WTS organized a Girl’s Rule Workshop for girls only to encourage more participation by girls.Female enrollment in computer science classes is dropping. If they do enroll, girls often find that they are the only girls in the room and they opt out.
    The objective for the summer workshops is to help the students:
    _ Discover a passion for learning about technology.
    _ Experience the satisfaction that comes from being a builder ... not just a consumer of the web and technology.
    _ Develop a willingness to try new things.

    WTS sponsors the International Autonomous Robot Competition at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park every year in June. Robotics is currently a very hot subject with kids and a wonderful teaching modality. This event if very popular and always evokes a lot of interest and inquiries about programming.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    WTS has trained over 170 students with over 10,000 hours of quality teaching of the fundamentals of Java programming. WTS has a strong and highly motivated team of teachers, who are qualified java professionals. Except for our one lead teacher, all others are volunteers and currently employed as computer programmers in reputed companies. They bring their own unique programming experience from their respective fields into the classroom and provide their students with opportunities to think about career options, the latest industry standard and progress, introduction to professional resources and organizations and opportunities to explore new ideas in confidence. Our teachers are passionate about coding and share their excitement of discovery and learning willingly with their students to encourage exploration and finding joys that might just last a lifetime. WTS partners with Care Fusion, to sponsor a week long RoboCamp every year to help prepare all the participants for the annual iARoC robot competition , held at the Reuben H.Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park every June. WTS is also working with Oracle to develop a Java Certification Program similar to the certification currently available for computer professionals but specifically designed for high school students.

    Advanced students are given the opportunity to mentor the younger students during classes. Paid computer industry summer intern jobs are made available to students who have successfully passed the CS AP Exam.

    WTS is self-sustaining at the present level of funding. We maintain a 25% scholarship rate with operating funds coming from paid student tuition, donations, grants and robot competition fees.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    WTS tracks established criteria which are reported and monitored monthly, quarterly, and annually to determine if progress is being made:
    _ Increase in the number of continuing students.
    _ Number of students participating in the introductory summer workshops.
    _ Number of students moving on from the summer workshops to ongoing weekly classes.
    _ Number of students participating in the Robotics Competition.
    _ Number of students passing the CS AP Exam.
    _ Number of students entering the programming workforce.
    _ Number of paid and volunteer teachers.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since the start of WTS the number of continuing students has steadily increased from 24 to 60 currently with a wait list of over 50. Our teaching staff has also risen with the addition of 5 volunteer teachers in 2014. WTS appointed a full time lead teacher in 2013. 7 WTS students passed the CS AP Exam in 2013 and 3 former WTS students are currently enrolled in CS Majors in the University. The response to the Girl’s Rule Workshop started in summer 2013 was very encouraging. In all there were 15 participants in the week long summer workshop and 59 in the Robotics Camp.

    One of the biggest obstacle we face is transportation. We have students who are motivated and interested in continuing with the program but no one to drive them to and fro from the school. We would also like to add another classroom to our current facility to accommodate students from our wait list.
Service Areas

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California

greater San Diego county, CA

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Funding Needs

1. Curriculum development ($40K) 2. Development Director ($70K per year) 3. Office Manager/Finance ($35K per year) 4. Web/IT personnel ($35K per year)

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The League of Amazing Programmers

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Vic Wintriss

Director & Lead Teacher

Mrs. June Clarke

BIO

Executive Director/Founder at The League of Amazing Programmers, 2006-present; President, Chairman, Founder at Wintriss Engineering, 1989-2006; President, Chairman, Founder at Computer System Associates, 1980-1989; President, Chairman, Founder at Electronic Product Associates, 1975-1980; Commander, US Navy, 1955-1975

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"At The League, we believe young students’ lives are changed in a positive way through the critical thinking skills and self-confidence gained from the mastery of computer programming. The League was founded in 2006 based on a passion for the fundamental role that computer programming plays in today’s increasingly technical world. This passion has evolved into a mission to reach more girls and underserved youth, so that children from all backgrounds may have access to acquire the skills and education necessary to contribute to the workforce of the 21st century.

The League is passionate about involving more girls in the personally satisfying and financially rewarding field of computer programming. According to the Anita Borg Institute, only 18% of computer science college degrees are earned by women. The League maintains female enrollment of at least 30% and strives for an equal balance of male and female students. Currently, 31% of our students are female. As a rule, we offer one GirlsRule (all-girls) workshop for every two mixed-gender workshops. We’ve also created a tailored curriculum for girls, which has been a main component in garnering the high percentage of female students who currently attend our year-round classes. While we offer girls-only classes, we give our students the option to take either single-gender or mixed-gender classes.

The League equips students with the skills necessary to contribute to society in meaningful ways and build competitive and successful careers in STEM fields. We offer full scholarships because we believe that learning to code should be accessible to everyone. We also believe that reaching one student in need and arming them with an employable skillset leads to upward mobility and economic empowerment. This not only positively impacts that student’s future, but can ultimately transform an entire family’s life for the better."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Vic Wintriss

The League of Amazing Programmers

Term: Mar 2012 - Mar 2015

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