IGNITE selected as Pacific Northwest TKP partner

From the TKP Press release: At Teaching Kids Programming we are pleased to announce that we have selected Seattle-based IGNITE as our implementing partner for teaching kids programming events in the Pacific Northwest.

The innagural event will kick off April 8th from 4pm to 6pm on the Microsoft Redmond campus.  It is our intent to host monthly events on an on-going basis.

About TKP   Teaching Kids Programming is a joint effort between Lynn Langit (Sr. Developer Evangelist / Microsoft) and Llewellyn Falco (Spun Labs).  At Teaching Kids Programming, we create unique, fun and comprehensive courseware based on Microsoft Small Basic.  The courseware is designed to introduce children ages 10 and up to core programming concepts.  In addition to creating courseware, both Lynn and Llewellyn teach at live events and train other TKP teachers using the Intentional Method (which they created).

TKP courseware is being taught in 15 US states, Europe, Africa and in the Pacific Rim.  The authors have been invited to speak an the annual Computer Science Teachers of America annual Symposium in 2011.

About Ashley Myers   TKP has selected Ashley Myers (Microsoft) as the lead instructor for the Seattle area. Ashley graduated from DePauw University last year with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. During her time at DePauw, Ashley participated twice in the Imagine Cup, a software design competition for students. Her team placed first runner up in the United States in both 2009 and 2010. She began working for Microsoft in August 2010 as a Software Development Engineer in Test where she takes on tasks such as creating test plans, advocating for the user when prioritizing bugs, and writes code that tests the product. Since her first year in college, Ashley has attended and presented at women in computing conferences. She loves being involved with TKP because she passionately believes that getting girls excited about and involved with technology early will lead to an increase in the number of women in technical positions.