MongoDB partners with Code Your Dreams to teach database basics to high school students

MongoDB is proud to announce that it has partnered with Code Your Dreams to teach database basics to under-resourced high school students. Code Your Dreams is a 501C3 non-profit dedicated to equipping students with resources to build applications that drive positive change in their communities. You can learn more about Code Your Dreams from the founder Brianne Caplan in the short lightning talk below:

The Code your Dreams curriculum is taught in Chicago neighborhoods "where our students are," and they work in teams to build applications that are dedicated to having a positive impact in their local community.

The students learn about the six essential parts of creating applications: ideation, product management, user interface design, user experience design, developing and user testing. Now students will also be able to learn how they can store, retrieve, and display data using MongoDB Atlas as part of that journey.

MongoDB Materials

MongoDB Developer Advocate Ken Alger and I worked together to create the materials for two database courses that will be included in the Code Your Dreams curriculum beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Each course is designed to have about 25 minutes of instruction followed by 25 minutes of hands-on learning, delivered in the form of a slide deck and Python notebooks. Since we will not be teaching the courses ourselves, we developed instructor training videos so that anyone with programming experience will be able to teach the courses.

The Intro to Databases course materials are available in our GitHub repository: If you find yourself in need of introductory database materials, feel free to use these.

Supporting Code Your Dreams

At MongoDB, one of our core values is Build Together. We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to build together with Code Your Dreams to help high school students make an impact in their communities. If you would like to volunteer your time, talents, or resources to Code Your Dreams, visit to volunteer or to donate.