Flatiron Taps Partner for High School Coding Camps
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A for-profit school that teaches adults and high school students programming has standardized on the use of a cloud-based code editor for
its pre-college summer camps. Flatiron School, which runs courses in 10 cities across
the United States, has been running Nitrous Pro, from Nitrous, as its software
The organization's pre-college academy classes help train students to become professional software developers. Browser-based Nitrous Pro
According to the company, the use of Nitrous has saved teachers between four and six hours of instruction time, which used to be dedicated
to teaching students how to maintain an Ubuntu environment on the Chromebooks they were going to be working on. "Now students can get
productive in seconds," said Flatiron Dean and Co-Founder Avi Flombaum in a video about
the use of the software.
Teacher Aankit Patel noted that because the platform works in a browser window, students are instantly familiar with it. "So when they go
home and have to use a completely different computer, they know exactly how to get back into it and start coding."
Launched in April 2015, Nitrous Pro includes collaboration features that allow students to work on projects jointly with students in other
cities and to connect with instructors locally or remotely.
The coding platform has multiple tiers of pricing, from free for a "starter" version to $79 per month for professional projects. Nitrous
also offers special education pricing.
"It's simple, it's reliable. It takes all of the headache out of the setup process in getting students coding in a real way in a browser,"
said Flatiron Product VP Mat Balez.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.