Dave is the Director of LoudounCodes. He has been a software engineer since the late 80's and has been involved in various software engineering communities since then, starting with Washington Apple Pi and later founding the Northern Virginia Java Users Group in 1997. He was born and raised in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.
In 2012, his triplet boys were starting kindergarten at Kenneth Culbert Elementary School, and he started volunteering with an organization called Watchdog D.A.D.S. He was thrilled to see a computer lab at Culbert, where students learned computer literacy, digital citizenship, and various computer skills.
In the fall of 2013, Dave learned about the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week. This is free curriculum aimed at K-5 students, teaches computer programming skills, requires nothing to be installed on the computer, and was perfect for the lab at Culbert. Coordinating with the Technology Resource Teacher, he took the week off from work and together they ran about 400 students through that curriculum.
Later that school year the principal told him about a program called https://www.tealsk12.org/, and an opportunity to volunteer at the high school level in Loudoun County. Volunteering at the high school level was originally motivited entirely by self-interest, to know the school his children would be attending. He wasn't expecting this volunteer effort to be such an enriching thing.Through TEALS, Dave volunteers in several Intro and AP level computer science classes at Loudoun Valley High School. Working with several teachers at LVHS has been fantastic, and through teaching the students, he quickly realized that education is his second calling.
November 2nd, 2016 | 58 mins 33 secs
In this episode, we talk to David Bock of Loudoun Codes and LivingSocial about getting technology into the hands of children.