Welcome to FirstByte!

Get your first taste of teaching tech.

Our mission

FirstByte provides educators with the materials, curricula, and support to teach computer science and engineering in their classrooms, regardless of budget or technical background.

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

Brenna Singer

Bioengineering | 2021

Luke San Antonio Bialecki

Computer Science | 2022

Bailey Ritchie

Chemical Engineering | 2021

Julian Perez

Computer Engineering | 2021

Laurel O'Malley

Industrial Engineering | 2022

Minh Truong

Mechanical Engineering | 2023

Adeena Moghni

Bioengineering | 2022

Our Story

Hi! Co-founders Jaedyn and Kasandra here. We became friends in high school, where 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 year, we developed and instructed two sessions of a girls-only coding class, called FashionSENCE. In 2017, we attended the Clinton Global Initiative University with our commitment to STEM education. In 2018, we launched teachfirstbyte.org and began helping teachers bring technology education into their classrooms.

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 teacher and student.

Thank you!