September’s Loop Blog post was just published: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids. In this post, we go over the Summer Bridge program that we got to be a part of! The purpose of the program is to expose tens of thousands of New York City teens with paid summer work experience in the tech space. In the workplace challenge that we designed for the students, we asked them to explore how we could make Stack Overflow more engaging for students:
As one of Summer Bridge’s partners, Stack Overflow designed a workplace challenge to give students a taste of what it’s like to work in the tech industry and to give us a chance to learn more about how students engaged with our developer community.
The challenge we presented to the Summer Bridge interns was straightforward: how do we make Stack Overflow a place where students can participate and get more engaged on the platform? While many student coders are familiar with our developer community - especially those looking for help with their computer science homework - few of them come to Stack Overflow to become active contributors on the site. Most of them would land on Stack Overflow looking for an answer to their programming questions and leave - if they knew who we were at all. We challenged the students to form groups, learn more about our community, and present their ideas to a panel of employees on our Community Teams.
Feedback is very important to us because it allows us to gain new insights about the user experience from a fresh perspective. Their thoughts and feedback on educating new users and better supporting students, the next generation of developers and technologists, was thoughtful and helpful. We’ve heard requests for better onsite guidance from all users, new and veteran, and their participation provided more insight for us as we explore ways to support all users on Stack Overflow.”
We’re interested in hearing your thoughts about what we learned, along with any questions you may have below.