Experiential Learning: CodePurple

CodePurple is an on-campus programming and information technology organization that provides Goshen College students an opportunity to cultivate their computing and programming skills in a professional setting.

Born out of a partnership between Mennonite.net and the Goshen College informatics program in 2013, CodePurple hires student interns to perform various tasks for the college and external clients.

The organization strives for student management, giving student interns ownership over their projects. CodePurple’s interns confront real problems and learn new skills in order to solve them, preparing them for the professional world in ways beyond traditional classroom learning.

CodePurple also hosts opportunities for outsiders to see into GC’s computer programs. In recent years, the organization has hosted a programming camp for women and a weekend camp for high schoolers to learn to use a credit-card-sized computer known as a Raspberry Pi.