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Mel McGee

Member since September 16th, 2014

We Can Code IT


Brief biography: 
Founder and CEO of We Can Code IT, Crain's Cleveland 2014 Woman of Note, author, and software engineer with nearly 20 years of professional experience, Mel McGee has worked with clients like Tyco International, DeLorean Motor company, and hundreds of others to develop software. Her programming experience translated to the classroom nearly as soon as she began coding. An experienced educator, she has taught computer science and engineering subjects to kids, teens, and adults at We Can Code IT, Colleges, and even overseas. Lead educator and curriculum developer of We Can Code IT, she brings creativity into the STEM classroom through unique workshops for kids and adults. Mel's knowledge of over 20 programming languages allows her to adapt curriculum to students in a variety of ways. Her main objectives are to add fun and increase diversity in computer science. Her love for sharing her creative computing techniques has not gone unnoticed. Her innovative early wearable computer was featured in Howard Rheingold's book Smart Mobs. Her web development expertise was featured in books like Curt Harler's Beyond the Browser. She has been featured on NPR, publications like Motor World, Crain's Cleveland Business, as well as the front page of Cleveland's Plain Dealer as an early Google Glass explorer. Her artificial intelligence bots, Zoe-bot and Skeletor-bot, have been entertaining the masses online and at community events since the early 2000s. She continues to break barriers in innovation with explorations in augmented reality. Her latest contribution, a book about engineering using Redstone in Minecraft, is due out on bookstore shelves by mid 2015. Her company, We Can Code IT, concentrates on motivating, mentoring, and educating women and girls in computer science and engineering. We Can Code IT has offerings for kids / parents, schools / libraries, and women. At We Can Code IT, she's brought code workshops to kids, teachers, and schools. She's created custom and ready-made computer science curriculum for libraries, schools, and teachers. Most recently, she's developed a 3-month code bootcamp for women who want a quick entry into a programming career. She’s married, has a daughter who is learning how to program, and three dogs who follow her everywhere they possibly can. @WeCanCodeIT
Curricular area: 
Computer Science
Teacher Education
Education level: 
Preschool and Kindergarten
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
College and University
Professional Development