Stephen Kaplan MMS Presents at 11th Annual MLTI Student Conference 2014

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Coding After School
Stephen Kaplan, Marshwood Middle School

Stephen will be presenting a keynote that tells of his journey creating the Coding After School program, along with how he got started coding, and how others can start similar programs at their schools. Using examples, he will give an overview of the lessons he has created and share some student-created work. He will share future plans and improvements to the program and how the program has developed since its initial creation.

Stephen Kaplan is an eighth grade student at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot, Maine who loves to code. Having grown up in South Berwick, Maine, Stephen is a deepthinker whose interests include coding, school, soccer, and science. He is a part of the school’s band and chorus programs. Ever since he was introduced to the idea of code by his sister, Toni, he has challenged himself to create, invent, and become a master of the thing he loves most to do.

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He is proficient in many coding languages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, along with Java, PHP, Lua, and more. He has participated in coding classes and advanced schooling classes at M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) through their HSSP, Spark, and Splash programs. In 2013, he began a program at the school that had a goal to teach students about the evermore important world of coding. His personal goal for the project was to simply give the students an idea of what the world of code is, but the Coding After School program quickly began much more than that.

After no more than a week after the program began, it became clear that Stephen had created something that was a true culture changer. A few weeks into the program, Stephen was contacted and invited to be a keynote speaker for the 2014 MLTI Conference at the University of Maine, Orono. He will also be presenting two 80-minute workshops on Lua while there. He can be contacted at stephen.kaplan@rsu35.com

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