iCanCode- Code your Way to Success!

December 18, 2015

iCanCode is a year-round computer programming club that offers an after-school academic enrichment program in Computer Science and programming, in addition to a series of programming-focused Holiday & Summer camps for Grades 1-8.  iCanCode also works with PTSAs (Parent Teacher Student Associations) from various school districts to offer custom programming courses at the schools in an effort to enrich STEM education as part of their after-school activities.

Playing Keyboard Ninja during Camp with 6-11 year old students

iCanCode’s mission is to jump-start lower grade school kids’ digital literacy and afford the youth in the Rochester community of different ages, genders and social classes the opportunity to unlock their tech future and learn about computing at an early age using self-guided practice and cooperative learning.

iCanCode uses a fun digital sandbox that includes the many fun coding platforms available such as Scratch, Minecraft, Wix, Unity, Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and more.  We work with parents and PTSAs to outline learning goals, and cater learning to meet student interests and support the development of real world computer programming skills that last a lifetime.

iCanCode was born out of a desire to expand coding opportunities for Rochester-area youth.  Farrah Sammour (iCanCode CEO) was inspired to develop the program after an interaction with her then-1st grade son.

“He asked me to teach him how to make his own game. A few hours later, he created his first game “Cupcake Eating Gorilla” and became my inspiration  to provide younger kids in the Rochester community a fun environment to learn how to code.  Now, my son is in 3rd grade and not only can  he play games, he  learned how to code and make his own games and websites, coding is the new literacy as every electronic device our kids interact with is governed by code.”

In addition to our after-school programming, we also have a variety of holiday and school closure camps.  Space is still available in some of our upcoming Winter Camps!

an iCanCode Classroom

Friday Coding Challenge

The iCanCode Center is located at 1425 Jefferson Road Rochester, NY 14623. Visit us online to see all that we have to offer.  Also, for our at-school courses, weekly classes, holiday and school closure camps, please visit our online schedule of events.

Farah Sammour is the CEO of  iCanCode.  She has been in the IT Consulting industry since 2002.  Sammour holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from McGill University in Montreal and is a strong advocate for women in computing and improving gender diversity in STEM fields. She is Certified in Information systems auditing (CISA) and in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), along with being an active BOD member at the Western New York Information Systems Audit and Control Association and a Key organizer of the Annual IT Security and Compliance Conference in Rochester, NY.  She  has a diverse IT background with more than 14 years of IT experience in Systems Development Life Cycle and programming, iOS mobile application development, applications security and internal controls, enterprise wide platforms Oracle and SAP, in addition to various operating system environments including UNIX, LINUX, IBM iSeries, and Windows.  


Do you work with a program that provides STEM activities in our area?  We’d love to highlight your program.  Please send details to our Website and Blog Coordinator, Tammy Bonisteel: tammybon@empirestem-fl.org