Mrs. Van Vleet's Technology Classes
Hello World! I am Mrs. Kathy Van Vleet. I teach three levels of Game and Simulation courses, and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. Use the sidebar to navigate to my courses and clubs.
This is my 25th year teaching some type of technology class. From playing games with students on Apple IIe computers to teaching them to code their own games - it's been a fun ride!
I am a proponant of closing the gender and ethnicity gaps in the computer science industry. To that end:
- I started a chapter of Hack Club to interest students in coding and computer science.
- I formed a chapter of the Girls Who Code club. Girls who want to learn to code, or those who want to go further with their coding, are welcome to join.
- I invite students grades 10 and higher to sign up for my AP Computer Science Principles class, a course designed specifically to foster computer science interest in girls, Blacks, Hispanics, and other underrepresented minorities in the computing industry. See data here.
- I recruited a team to a attend Lockheed Martin's Code Quest competition. I would like at least 4 more students to round out teams already in progress. See me if interested.
- I presented at the Florida Career and Technical Education (FACTE) state conference in Orlando this summer, explaining how to use game-making to teach kids how to code. We need Florida schools to increase coding interest in their female and minority groups.
- Here is an article that might interest you: Connecting Girls to Computer Science. You can find information about helping young women gain confidence in coding, robotics, gaming, etc.
- Check out this infographic about women who have impacted computer science and the gender gap.
Girls Who Code logo
Hack Club logo
Lockheed Martin logo
SpaceX rocket propels first GPS III satellite into orbit. My son and his Air Force team helped secure funding for this and nine other GPS III satellites.