Helping Students Get Their CS-Related Careers “On Track” at The Armory

Mohak Mankani has been programming since he was 12 years old. He taught himself, inspired by all of the amazing things he saw happening on his phone’s app store.

Now, after two years of hard work and several beta versions later, Mohak has published his proudest accomplishment yet – an iPhone game. And he had the chance to present his product – “Dot Shall Not Pass” – at this year’s New York City Computer Science Opportunity Fair, as part of its first ever Student Showcase.

The CS Fair, organized by our partners CSNYC and TEALS, and supported this year by Microsoft, Facebook, and Goldman Sachs, is the city’s largest annual college and career event for public high school students studying computer science.

As part of the NYC Department of Education’s Computer Science for All initiative, over 2,000 students from more than 65 schools across all five boroughs ascended on The Armory Track in Washington Heights to meet and engage with representatives from 100+ companies, colleges, and extra-curricular programs.

“The computer science teacher at my school has become like my mentor,” said Mohak, a junior at Bayside High School. “I’m not in any special program, but I’ve been able to teach myself and get support at school.”

It’s like watching movies to learn English. The more you go at it, the more natural it becomes.
— Mohak

Companies on hand included big players like Google and IAC, colleges ranged from NYU to LaGuardia Community College, and there were non-profits like Girls Who Code.

In addition to the opportunities to learn more about future pathways and to participate in the Student Showcase, students had the chance to experience Microsoft’s HoloLens technology, explore a ball-throwing robot, get creative in two Maker Spaces, and hear from speakers from firms like Spotify, Buzzfeed, Warby Parker, and Etsy.

The CS Fair plays an important role in delivering on the goals of CS4ALL – to not only provide every NYC public school student with CS experiences in the classroom, but to expose students to a world of possibility beyond high school.

Does The CS Fair sound like something you wish you could have gone to as a high school student? Consider joining our ever-growing list of generous funders who support NYC’s future leaders.

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Matt Darian