By William Jackson
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 celebrated its 4th year of dynamic speakers that shared information to empower, educate and inspire the over 200 people in attendance. Over the past four years, the camp has come to be known as one of the most transformative technology conferences in Northeast Florida.
Held at Keiser University, the diverse workshop “tracks” included Developer, User and Marketing which allowed those attending to learn from industry experts.
One of the popular components of WordCamp is the KidsCamp attended by youth and kids that participated in STEAM activities and concluded with participants building their own web sites on WordPress platform. KidsCamp allowed kids and youth from 7 to 14 who are interested in WordPress, coding, programming and web development to network, collaborate and learn from each other and the adults with diverse backgrounds in business and technology.
Organized by educators William Jackson and Aida Correa, the interactive activities included.
STEAM discovery, scavenger hunt, roller coaster building and encouraged building critical and higher order thinking skills, collaboration and acceptance of diversity in culture, gender and color. Built into the curriculum are matrix to assist youth with learning challenges, helping them to feel welcomed, accepted and to have fun in learning.
From singing pirate songs to using Lego blocks, paper towel tubes, and other materials to build their projects it was an engaged active and learning experience.
William, an African American male educator and business owner and Aida, Latina of Afro Latina heritage understand fully that representation matters, so their presence can inspire children of color and culture to enter into STEAM careers and aspire to be business owners as well.