Become an Innovator

Mission Bit provides free after-school coding courses, workshops, and summer bootcamps to high school students from underserved and underrepresented communities.

Mission Bit student

We offer our students a field trip to a Bay Area tech company, career and college advising related to the technology field, and an opportunity to showcase their group projects to a large community of supporters during our Demo Day event at the end of the term.

Our program’s inclusive community fosters positive relationships between students, their peers, and our experienced classroom leaders. Mission Bit brings like-minded individuals together to form long-lasting meaningful connections and gives students all the tools they need to succeed in the tech industry.

Summer 2020 Workshops

Learn something new and get hands-on experience with our workshops.

Resume Building Workshop

Come to this workshop empty handed and leave with a full resume! Learn the do’s and don’ts of resume writing and turn your professional experiences into strengths that will allow you to shine.

When: August 4th 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Who: 16 - 24 year olds

Online

  • Resume Building
  • Career Preparation
Cover Letter Writing Workshop

Join this workshop to learn the ins and outs of writing cover letters. Learn how to make yourself stand out! This workshop works best if you take the Resume workshop right before.

When: August 6th 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Who: 16 - 24 year olds

Online

  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Career Preparation
Hack Your Window with Scratch

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll combine art and technology to create and code our own interactive stories with Scratch. We’ll be exploring the “Hack Your Window” challenge to build projects that let you creatively reimagine your surroundings through the lens of Mission Bit’s values. We’ll begin with a quick intro to creative coding and Scratch, plan our ideas together, then spend time creating our projects and experimenting with code. We’ll end by sharing ideas and questions and resources to continue learning more. Beginner coders welcome! (Hack Your Window idea and photo credit to HackArt.)

When: August 12th 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Who: 7th - 12th graders

Online

  • Scratch
  • Block Coding

Fall 2020 Classes

Apply to our program and come have fun with us this fall!
Application deadline: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 8:00 PM PDT

Intro to Web Design

This project-based class combines design and technology to create and code our own modern, creative, and thoughtful websites. We’ll discover what great user experience is, exercise creative project planning, create beautiful visual designs, and bring our designs to life in a final interactive website. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Dates: September 14th - December 12th

Online

  • Web Design
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • UI Design
  • UX Design
Intro to Unity Game Design

This project-based class combines 3D art and technology to create your own unique games using the Unity platform. We’ll learn the Unity framework and develop a game that you and your friends can play by the end of the semester. Our goal is to empower students to become creators rather than just consumers. We’re excited to see what you create with us this fall, beginners welcome!

Meets: Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Dates: September 14th - December 12th

Online

  • Unity
  • C#
Intro to Python

Come and learn Python in our new class this fall! We’ll start with fundamental concepts of programming that can be applied to the study of any programming language. Together, we’ll create chat bots, learn automation, and work on our final projects at the end of the semester. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Dates: September 14th - December 12th

Online

  • Python
  • Programming
Intro to Web Design

This project-based class combines design and technology to create and code our own modern, creative, and thoughtful websites. We’ll discover what great user experience is, exercise creative project planning, create beautiful visual designs, and bring our designs to life in a final interactive website. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Dates: September 15th - December 12th

Online

  • Web Design
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • UI Design
  • UX Design
Intro to Unity Game Design

This project-based class combines 3D art and technology to create your own unique games using the Unity platform. We’ll learn the Unity framework and develop a game that you and your friends can play by the end of the semester. Our goal is to empower students to become creators rather than just consumers. We’re excited to see what you create with us this fall, beginners welcome!

Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Dates: September 15th - December 12th

Online

  • Unity
  • C#
Intro to Javascript

Join us this fall in our latest class! This course is interactive and the concepts covered will lay the foundation for using JavaScript in any environment. We’ll start off with an introduction to Javascript, move on to working on projects based on your personal interests and creativity, and finish off the semester with a final project. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Dates: September 15th - December 12th

Online

  • Javascript
  • Programming

Frequently Asked Questions

Mission Bit has a selective admissions process, but we highly encourage all interested students to apply! We seek to create a strong learning community with committed young people who bring a variety of perspectives to the classroom. To be considered for admissions, students are required to submit a written application after they submit the first one and take part in a Student Admissions Phone Screening that will take place onWednesday, September 2, 2020. Please provide accurate email information for the screening and written application.
You can scroll up and click on the Student Application button to apply!
The application deadline is Sunday, August 23, 2020, 8:00 PM PDT.
Yes! Our classes are completely free to you as long as you're a high schooler located in San Francisco. If you live outside of SF you can still participate in our workshops!
Demo Day is the culminating event of the term, where students showcase their final projects to friends, family, and the Mission Bit community. This event is required for students. Friends and family are strongly encouraged to attend, so mark your calendar for Saturday, December 12, 2020!
Due to COVID-19, we will be doing remote programming until the end of the Fall.
Our Fall and Spring courses are 2.5-hour classes twice a week after school, running for 11 weeks. During the summer, we run intensive courses that are 3 days a week for 6 weeks.
Any Bay Area high school student or 8th grade middle school student is encouraged to apply to our programs. There are no GPA requirements.
All our classes are taught at an introductory level and provide a solid foundation for beginners. Join our Web Design class if you want to learn about design and how to create beautiful websites. Take our Unity Game Design class and learn about creating engaging gameplay in video games. This fall, we also have two NEW classes: Intro to Python, and Intro to Javascript. Both of these languages are heavily used in the industry today and after you learn the foundations with us, you'll be able to apply your skills to bigger, more amazing projects
Most of our classes are taught by college students and software engineers who are passionate about computer science education.

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Games and websites created by Mission Bit students

Dinosaur Game screenshot
Operation Peach screenshot
Veggie Jump screenshot

Our supporters

San Francisco Black Firefighters AssociationCity College of San FranciscoFacebookGateway High SchoolHack ReactorJyveKapor CenterLeadership High SchoolOakland Unified School DistrictSilicon Valley BankSan Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentSan Francisco Unified School DistrictUberUnitySan Francisco FoundationGolden State Warriors Foundation
San Francisco Black Firefighters AssociationCity College of San FranciscoFacebookGateway High SchoolHack ReactorJyveKapor CenterLeadership High SchoolOakland Unified School DistrictSilicon Valley BankSan Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentSan Francisco Unified School DistrictUberUnitySan Francisco FoundationGolden State Warriors Foundation