Meet the Instructors

Sydney Von Arx

I am Sydney Von Arx, and I love to code, learn about weird ideas, and maximize utility! I’m a computer science major at Stanford. I also help run Stanford Effective Altruism and work with the Stanford Existential Risks Initiative.

Devin Von Arx

I have always enjoyed computers. After many years of coding, I joined Bit By Bit in 2019 as a volunteer. Since then, I have helped run all three of our coding programs (middle school, high school, and summer). I currently coordinate the Form and Function after-school coding program. I want to help people see the beauty behind the binary in coding.

Lucia Zhang

Hi! Compared to many people I know, I started coding pretty late due to an irrational fear of coding, but it has become one of my most intriguing hobbies. I joined Bit By Bit in 2020, working extensively to develop our Hello World summer camp. I currently direct Bit By Bit Central and hope to make it a strong community where students can learn, teach, and lead!

Our Organization

Bit By Bit is a Portland nonprofit that started running programs in 2018 and incorporated in 2019. Our mission is to diversify the community of ponderers and creators by equipping the next generation with the tools of technology, thinking, and leadership to improve the world, bit by bit.

Our Services

We strive for low-cost programs to teach and encourage students, especially girls and other underrepresented youths in the STEM community, to code, to examine the world, and to lead. We currently offer three programs: Hello World, Form and Function, and Uncommon Sense. Hello World is a summer camp aimed at teaching middle school girls the inner workings of websites. Form and Function is a free after-school program empowering middle schoolers with the tools web development. Uncommon Sense allows high schoolers to examine the world critically and see things with a skeptical eye. For our paid programs, we ensure that scholarships are readily available to ensure all can enjoy our programs. In addition to sharing the gift of code and knowledge, we train student volunteers through hands-on learning to adopt the responsibility, initiative, and dedication critical to strong leadership. We started as a summer camp to teach middle school girls how to code, and the following year, we expanded to clubs for middle schools and high schools. In 2020, we also incorporated critical thinking as one of our services.