There is a grave disparity in the amount of socio-economically disadvantaged students studying or employed in computer science. According to the U.S BLS, women account for a dismal 20% of software developers in US. Some scholars believe the lack of women in technology because of stigmatization. The same BLS report shows that only 5% of software developers are Hispanic and only 4% are African American. The lack of diversity in the computational sciences has much to do with lack of preparation in high school. Research by the NSF shows that low income and minority students are more likely to be assigned lower curriculum tracks” where students do not have the opportunity to pursue the advanced mathematics necessary to excel in computer science. AI In Action seeks to increase the percentage of ground breaking women, minority, and low income students in the tech industry.

Our Programs

Saturday Workshops

We host Saturday workshops at schools, community centers, and companies to introduce students to computer programming. Volunteer industry professionals and top notch university students teach small groups of students the fundamentals of programming through hands on projects. After a student participates in a workshop, they’ll have the essentials needed to dive deeper computer science and write their own software.

Summer Program

AI In Action offers a six week commuter program in Orangeburg, SC. We give students a rigorous foundation in computer science and help them to hone their skills with hands on projects. During the summer adventure each student takes two classes – foundations and advanced topics.

Foundations:

Each students takes a foundation class where the focus is on learning fundamental programming and industry practices for professional software engineers. Students with prior programming experience take a foundation class aimed at deepening their understanding of more advanced concepts in computing.

Advanced Topics:

Students have the option of taking an exciting course in one of the following topics

  • -Mobile Robotics
  • -Mobile App Development
  • -Web Application Development

Hackathons:

In addition to learning from instructors. Our program emphasizes project based learning through hackathons where students have the opportunity to take concepts learn out of class and create whatever they can imagine.

Outcomes:

By the end of the summer our students will have the experience necessary to create, build, and design their own software projects. They can create web apps, mobile apps, and robots with the potential to change the world. Each scholar will have the programming skills necessary to contribute in open source projects, do a coding internship or even create their own startup. They’re limited only by their imagination.

Our Work Process.

Explore.

AI In Action provides a level of rigor that causes students to go far beyond memorizing facts. They must explore math and computer science topics that they've never even heard of.

Design.

Project based learning allows student creativity to flourish as they choose their own approaches to solving problems.

Develop.

Once our scholars think up a solution, they're given free reign to code and test their algorithms.

Deliver.

Learning shouldn't stop at instruction and assigned projects. At the end each student creates a robotic solution to a pressing problem.

Contact.

Eddie Massey III
eddiemassey@ai-inaction.org
Founder and Executive Director

Eddie, the founder, has always had a passion for technology. He grew up in a low income community and experienced first hand the challenges being hungry to learn, but limited by financial constraints and his community.

While studying computer science at Case Western Reserve University and later on Claflin University, Eddie decided to use his diverse background in politics, science, and technology him help to help give students like him the opportunity explore their passion for technology.

He doesn’t want financial or geographic constraints to hinder anyone from learning the power of coding. He also wants to see that gender and racial discrimination have no place in the tech industry.

He firmly believes innovation sparks when people from all walks of life are included. He has a passion to see more women, minority, low income, and rural students bring new life to software engineering.