Our mission

We are building an online library of curricula to enrich middle school computer science classes.
FirstByte strives to equip educators with the resources to teach students engineering and computer science. By building a database of unique curricula and strong resources, teachers will find it easier to teach new lessons that work for their classrooms.

The state of K-8 computer science standards

Only 18 states have created K-8 computer science standards. Momentum is building, but we still have a long way to go.

Solving the diversity problem begins in K-12

Women who try computer science in high school are 10x more likely to major in it, and Black and Latinx students are 7x more likely.

Computer science is foundational

Every 21st century student deserves the opportunity to learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the Internet works.

MaKey MaKey

Five 40-minute lessons

Circuit Playground

Eight 45-minute lessons

LilyPad Arduino

Ten 2-hour lessons

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Our Team

We are a team of undergraduate students at Northeastern University.

Kasandra Yee

Electrical Engineering | 2021

Jaedyn Lee

Computer Science | 2020

Luke San Antonio Bialecki

Computer Science | 2022

Brenna Singer

Bioengineering | 2021

Our Story

Hi! Co-founders Jaedyn and Kasandra here. We were friends in high school, and we had some amazing computer science teachers. Now, it’s our turn to give back to the community of educators building up our generation. We began teaching computer science together in high school, at a middle-school ArtBotics club. The following summer, we developed and instructed a girls-only coding class funded by an NCWIT AspireIT grant. With funds from a HERlead grant, we were fortunate enough to run the same curriculum again, a few months later. In 2017, we attended the Clinton Global Initiative University with our commitment to STEM education.

Our experiences working with students and teachers has made us aware of the computer science and engineering education gap that exists at the middle school level. Many teachers lack the support and resources they need to bring coding and engineering lessons into their classrooms. With FirstByte, we hope to make technology education possible for every student.

Thank you!