AlbanyCanCode Adds Free Online Coding Class for Adults During Coronavirus Outbreak

AlbanyCanCode Adds Free Online Coding Class for Adults During Coronavirus Outbreak

For Release: Immediate – Monday, March 23, 2020

AlbanyCanCode Adds Free Online Coding Class for Adults During Coronavirus Outbreak 

Class serving adults joins two additional classes for children; Instruction is timely amid new workforce demands driven by the growing digital economy

Albany, NY – AlbanyCanCode, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a new generation of software coders, today announced it is expanding its menu of free online pop-up coding classes launched last week due to the coronavirus outbreak. This week, in addition to providing two more classes for children, a third class will be offered for adults – a timely program as the growth of the digital economy drives greater demand for a tech-savvy workforce.

Each of the classes is delivered via Facebook Live, including the new class through which adults will learn to build an easy-to-follow website using HTML/CSS. Geared toward beginners with an interest in programming and individuals considering web development as a potential career change, the adult class will be offered on Wednesday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Last week, the inaugural pair of pop-up online coding classes offered by AlbanyCanCode to children received more than 1,600 video views. This week, the children’s classes include Scratch Pong Game Part II on Tuesday, March 24, and Lightbot on Thursday, March 26. Both begin at 10 a.m. ET.

“As a community-minded organization, AlbanyCanCode is delighted to offer free coding classes to ensure that children keep learning and adults find new career opportunities in technology,” said Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO of AlbanyCanCode. “These classes provide productive outlets to educate, innovate and connect, while also helping to prepare participants for a changing world in which computer skills are essential.”

Participants that cannot attend the popup classes can view archived sessions on Instructors and moderators will be available on the live chat to answer questions about the course material. AlbanyCanCode hopes to continue offering this programming for the foreseeable future and will announce the line-up for sessions at the start of each week. Weekly sessions are developed and presented by AlbanyCanCode instructors.

Further information on this week’s classes is as follows:

Tuesday, March 24 | 10 a.m. ET – Scratch Pong Game Part II (for children)

In this session, we’ll finish our Pong game by adding a score and game-ending conditions. We’ll also learn how to share our games with the Scratch community and how to share the links with one another (children should get their parents’ permission before sharing). Great for kids ages 8-99+. More details at

Wednesday, March 25 | 12:15 p.m. ET – Introduction to HTML and CSS (for adults)

Participants will learn the fundamental skills of web development. We will explore how HTML and CSS work together while creating a real project. As the structural and stylistic languages of the web, whether you are online shopping, scheduling a virtual meeting or typing an email, HTML and CSS are at the core of interfacing with the user on every website and web application. Ages 15 – 99+. More details at

Thursday, March 26 | 10 a.m. ET – Lightbot (for children) 

Lightbot is a fun coding game for all ages. Practice creating program instructions to help your robot navigate a field of blocks and light up special blocks, then move on to more advanced puzzles. This game requires a mobile device; you can download the app in the iOS App Store or Google Play. Ages 5-99+. More details at


About AlbanyCanCode

AlbanyCanCode is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 to develop non-traditional talent and to advocate for a vibrant, inclusive tech talent pipeline in New York’s Capital Region.  Operating on a stakeholder engagement model, the organization designs and delivers workforce training courses and hands-on K12 coding programs in alignment with the needs of employers, educators, talent and the community in general. The overall mission is to shift mindset about who can work in technology; to remove cultural and economic barriers to joining the tech workforce; and to establish and promote pathways to tech careers throughout the region. Learn more at

Annmarie Lanesey
CEO, Albany Can Code
(518) 331-2831 |

(Source:  Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, 3/23/20)