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.

Classes

Applicants who apply after August 31 will be placed on a waitlist.
Extended Application deadline: Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 8:00 PM PDT

Mission Bit utilizes a focused enrollment model (more information below in our FAQ section) for our semester-based courses and prioritizes students with these criteria:
  • Residents of San Francisco
  • Children in the foster care system
  • English language learners
  • Low-income students, with a focus on historically underrepresented communities in tech, including people who identify as Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, and female
  • Students attending a high school site with limited to no computer science offerings
  • 12th grade students

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Intro to Python

Come and learn Python in our new class this spring! 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 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Python
  • Programming
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Intro to Python

Come and learn Python in our new class this spring! 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: Tuesday, Thursday 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Python
  • Programming
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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. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Monday, Wednesday 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Unity
  • C#
  • 3D Game Design
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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. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Unity
  • C#
  • 3D Game Design
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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 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Web Design
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • UI Design
  • UX Design
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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 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Web Design
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • UI Design
  • UX Design
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Intro to JavaScript

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 learning about data visualization and creating projects based on your personal interests, and finish off the semester with a final project. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Monday, Wednesday 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • JavaScript
  • Programming
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Intro to JavaScript

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 learning about data visualization and creating projects based on your personal interests, and finish off the semester with a final project. Beginners welcome!

Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • JavaScript
  • Programming
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Intro to Virtual Reality

For the first time ever, you’ll be able to take a step into your very own game. Create an out of this world experience that you can see, hear, and lose yourself in. In this class you will explore virtual reality and learn about what makes a successful experience! Beginners welcome!

Meets: TBD! 4:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Dates: September 13th - December 11th

Online

  • Unity
  • 3D Game Design
  • Virtual Reality

Frequently Asked Questions

Computer science has the potential to empower students and have a positive impact in our communities. Higher enrollment priority will be given to applicants who have been historically underrepresented in CS, including (but not limited to) those that identify as Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, women, English language learners, LGBTQIA, and students with disabilities.

Higher enrollment priority will also be given to applicants who attend the following high school sites that do not offer intro to computer courses: Asawa (SOTA), The Academy, Civic Center HS, Downtown HS, Hilltop HS, Independence HS, June Jordan HS, Woodside HS, Ida B. Wells HS, SF International HS, John O’Connell HS, Mission HS, Thurgood Marshall HS, Balboa HS, Leadership HS, and Gateway HS.
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 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 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 Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 9:00 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 11, 2021!
Due to COVID-19, we will be doing remote programming until the summer.
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.
All of 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. Take our Intro to Python class to get a foundation in a language that is used heavily in the industry today. Learn about chat bots and more! Take our JavaScript class to learn about one of the languages that powers most of the web and make cool data visualizations with it.
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

Check out previous Demo Day Projects

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Operation Peach screenshot
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Our supporters

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San Francisco Unified School District
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San Francisco Foundation
Golden State Warriors Foundation
Kandji
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The Gratitude Network
San Francisco Black Firefighters Association
City College of San Francisco
Facebook
Gateway High School
Hack Reactor
Jyve
Kapor Center
Leadership High School
Oakland Unified School District
Silicon Valley Bank
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
San Francisco Unified School District
Uber
Unity
San Francisco Foundation
Golden State Warriors Foundation
Kandji
Related Affordable Foundation
The Gratitude Network