Coding volunteers needed

Dr. Alex Pelaez in the IT Department of the Zarb School of Business is the moderator of the Hofstra IT association graduate and undergraduate clubs. He has run a project for the past four years where Hofstra students teach coding and other skills at a local elementary school.

He’s looking for some student volunteers to teach at a school in Merrick. There will be two volunteer teachers in each class.

If the company that has sponsored the club in the past continues to do so this year as well, volunteers will receive grant money. The only thing he asks is commitment through the semester.

Even if you don’t know the programming languages (see list below), it’s a great way for you to learn them, and also learn presentation skills. Every student who has done this program found jobs, and on their interviews it was the most talked about subject.

The schedule is as follows.

  • Scratch teacher for 3rd and 4th grade, Fridays from 11:20 - 1. If not, then at least 11:20 - 12
  • Databases teacher 8th grade MWF 11:10 - 11:40. If not, then just Friday’s at least.
  • Spreadsheets teacher 7th grade MWF 11:10 - 11:40. If not, then just Monday’s at least.
  • There is also a special program with 8th graders called IBM master the mainframe. It’s a challenge whereby the students get their own account on an IBM mainframe and run through some challenges using OS and coding.



You can contact Prof. Pelaez at


Krishnan Pillaipakkamnatt

Professor, Chair

Department of Computer Science

Hofstra University