These are some of the testimonials we have received from parents and school administrators
These past two years, the influence of one individual has come shining through at South Forsyth Middle School. Too often, when one considers high school students, one underestimates their capabilities and become concerned with the future of the next generation. Then there is Akshat Gautam. Two years ago Akshat met with the principal of South Forsyth Middle School and outlined his plan to begin a coding club for middle school students. His presentation was professional, defined and complete with a powerpoint outlining the major points. Be Code Confident was a club for middle school students to become familiar with coding. When he began high school, Akshat realized his love for coding in particular with the JAVA language. He believed that he could be teaching students in middle school the basics of coding. Akshat established his company in the hopes of developing Be Code Confident Clubs throughout the local area. Here, at South Forsyth Middle School our Be Code Confident Club is booming. In Fall 2018, 49 students tested for the 30 spots on the team. Every Tuesday, they meet in a classroom and explore coding. All students are attentive as he introduces different topics each week. After practicing with the new topic he provided challenges for the students to work individually or in teams. These students are totally engaged in learning these new skills. Akshat’s guided instructions provide the basis for such a great turn out for this club. Akshat’s leadership and communication skills provide the scaffolding for students to become successful coders. This is truly a beneficial club for middle schoolers as they prepare their life in this digital world.
Myriam S. Downey Seventh Grade Life Science Teacher South Forsyth Middle School
"BeCode Confident" is a fantastic initiative and one that is going to help many middle school kids get exposed to Computer science and programming. You are doing a fantastic job encouraging and motivating the middle school children to learn computer programming. My son is also able to apply the skills he learnt during your sessions across his other analytical subjects such as robotics. Thanks for dedicating your time and energy toward this very important initiative Thanks Satish K (Parent)
Be Code Confident has been a wonderful club for our son. When our son entered middle school, we learned of this fabulous coding club started by a local entrepreneurial student, Akshat Gautam. Our son enrolled in Be Code Confident and has so learned so much about Java and its ubiquitous usefulness in our world. Our son is now a confident coder and he’s inspired to actively expand his coding expertise. He is often recognized amongst his peers and teachers and being the “IT expert” in the classroom (and he has that title at home as well). Akshat has been a great role model in making this program happen. Our son says that Akshat is a terrific teacher—he makes sure that all students understand current concepts before moving on to the next topic. We’re very grateful that Akshat made this coding opportunity available at our middle school. Moira M (Parent)
It was a great session. My kid got a good a direction for “Coding”. It is a very interesting initiative to continue in future. Thanks for your time and effort. Leepa (Parent)
Thanks for running a great after school program for middle school kids. "Be Code Confident is a great program for kids in middle school, making them succeed in computer education. The program also gives kids good resources for coding and helps them get basic understanding of programming languages. It was a great experience for my daughter and we would like to continue next year as well. Good Luck and All the best for good work you are doing for school and county"