Interested in coding, but don’t know where to start?
Ada Build Live is a free, 8-week virtual series led by staﬀ and volunteers who review the Ada Build curriculum with students to build comfort with Python and coding fundamentals. Students receive hands-on practice and participate in collaborative discussions with peers.
*Summer Registration is now closed. Applications for fall will be available in September 2022.*
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can sign up for Ada Build Live?
This program is open to those who are generally interested in learning to code, or more speciﬁcally, want to strengthen their skills for the Ada application process for Core program. We highly encourage women and gender-expansive adults who identify as Black, Latine, Indigenous, Paciﬁc Islander, and Native Hawaiian to apply.
How often do these sessions take place?
The Ada Build Live review series takes place quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, for 8 consecutive weeks each.
Do I have to attend every session?
Due to the program structure and effectiveness, participants will be prompted to sign up for all eight sessions. However, it is up to participants to attend which sessions will support them best. If you need to miss a session, that is absolutely ok! You will receive more information about individual session content upon registering.
Is this a lecture-based class?
Not entirely. Your learning at Ada will not look like traditional classroom instruction, but instead will simulate learning as a developer in the industry. We encourage learning by doing with an instructor as your guide so that you can gain hands-on experience and become a self-suﬃcient software developer with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. This model allows for an opportunity to ask questions, share code, gain comfort with ambiguity, and build community. Because we rely heavily on student participation and engagement, participants are highly encouraged to review the lessons prior to the session, and come with questions.
What does each session look like?
We utilize a rolling lessons model, meaning that each session has 2-3 lesson reviews taking place concurrently. Each session opens with a large group introduction. After the introduction, facilitators open breakout rooms with individual lesson reviews. Students opt into the lesson review of their choosing, and can move between breakout rooms, if they would like. Every lesson is reviewed twice throughout the series. We have found that this structure allows for repetition, ﬂexibility, and accessibility.