Capital One and 724 Dallas ISD NAF students have set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for the largest programming lesson!
At a “Monster Coding Jam” session, these scary smart ninth-graders kicked off Techweek Dallas by learning the basics of app creation and developing their very own “monster mash” gaming app. The previous record was held by a programming class of 712 participants, organized by the Lithuanian MEP Antanas Guoga, on Sept. 9, 2016, in Vilnius, Lithuania.
As a part of Future Edge DFW, Capital One’s commitment to help the region get ready for tomorrow, today, Capital One associates and other volunteers helped give students hands-on experience in software development and problem solving. Emmy-award winning radio and TV talk show host Mario Armstrong emceed the event.
“The Capital One Coders curriculum was created to help local students understand and pursue their interests in STEAM so they can be equipped to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence and make sense of information,” said Mark Cauwels, Vice President, Technology, Financial Services, Capital One. “We’re thankful for all of the students and volunteers that came out today to be part of this GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt and show the world that programming and app development can be fun and rewarding.”
“Today’s event is a shining example of what we can accomplish when business and education work together to make a difference for young people,” added NAF President JD Hoye. “Through public private partnerships we can provide these kinds of learning experiences that prepare our future workforce. Capital One has stepped up and made their commitment to our students and we hope other business leaders will be inspired to do the same. NAF is extremely grateful for all of the hard work that made today possible – the impact and connections are truly priceless.”