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Waldorf Student Receives Meteor Scholarship to Study Coding

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that Sidra Akhtar, a junior in the high school, is one of 15 recipients of a prestigious, full-tuition Meteor Web Development Scholarship. The scholarship, which will allow Sidra to attend the Flatiron School’s Intro to Web Development and Design course this summer, is part of a partnership between the Flatiron School and Meteor to promote the teaching and learning of computer coding among high school-aged girls.

As part of the course, Sidra will learn front-end web development languages (HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript) as well as User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design. The course is valued at $1,500 per person.

A resident of Old Westbury, Sidra joined the Waldorf School of Garden City this past September. The school’s unique curriculum, which seeks to nurture and encourage active learning in the developing student, has shown Sidra the importance of critical thinking and how it can impact the world of web design and programming.

“The education I receive at the Waldorf School has forced me to think about computer programming differently than many of my peers,” said Sidra. “Computer coding is a tool – just like paper and a pencil. My classes and coursework at Waldorf has made me think about my ideas critically and creatively and I am excited to apply those ideas in my web development class!”

In addition to her rigorous coursework at the Waldorf School, Sidra plays outfield for Waldorf’s Varsity Girls Softball Team. For the past year-and-a-half, she has been studying computer coding as well as Adobe Photoshop. Eventually, she hopes to make her own website that will feature her own photography.

About Meteor

Meteor Development Group (MDG) offers a platform, tools and services that are making app development radically simple for developers everywhere. The open source Meteor project is overseen by San Francisco-based Meteor Development Group and backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Y Combinator, and individual investors. Meteor was created in 2012 by Geoff Schmidt, Nick Martin, and Matt DeBergalis and is available for download at www.meteor.com.

About Flatiron School

Flatiron School trains creative, passionate people in web and mobile development. Established in 2012 by founders Adam Enbar and Avi Flombaum, 99 percent of Flatiron School’s adult graduates have launched careers in companies like Google, Intel and Microsoft. All classes are facilitated by highly skilled instructors. Flatiron School is a recognized partner of NYC Department of Small Business Services, creating opportunities for all New Yorkers. To learn more about the Flatiron School, visit www.flatiron.com. To learn more about the Flatiron School’s Meteor Web Development Scholarship, click here.

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