Caroline Combemale: An Engaged Teen Teaching Others [Connected Learning]

Connected Learning's Harold Rheingold profiles teen teacher Caroline Combemale, an instructor at Pittsburgh's Assemble.

Still only a teen herself, Assemble’s Caroline Combemale is a teacher passionate about teaching fellow youth about programming and computer science. A project she developed and heads, Teens as Teachers, received a Hive grant to introduce students to learn about programs like Scratch and become teachers and mentors in their own schools and communities. Connected Learning’s Howard Rheingold takes a look at what drives Caroline’s passion.

Caroline Combemale is an engaged and connected learner at age 15. When I spoke with her about her passion for learning and teaching, Caroline was teaching the Scratch programming language, facilitating “learning parties” at a public art-technology learning space, playing guitar in a band, maintaining multiple YouTube channels, and teaching other teens how to teach in a “Teens As Teachers” program.

Her appetite for learning is expansive – she’s even studied the Ruby, Java, C, Python programming languages for classes through Code Academy. As a learner, her school enables her to learn at her own pace – which, in many subjects, is several years ahead of her age cohort – and to arrange her schedule to make her extracurricular learning and teaching possible.

Read the full article on the Connected Learning website.

Published May 15, 2014