The Summer Coding Academy strives to provide ambitious, goal-oriented high school students with a passion for technology and innovation the tools they need to be successful. Our program seeks to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for students to be brave and find technological solutions to the problems we face today. With total access to the state-of-the-art facilities at Harvard University, our students will learn from some of the greatest minds in computer science and have the opportunity to develop skills that are quickly becoming essential. We hope to instill in our students a passion for learning and engaging with technology to not only improve the world we live in, but to become better citizens of our shared communities.


A summer weeklong intensive designed to teach high school students the fundamentals of coding in the environment of a collegiate campus.

With a comprehensive curriculum concentrated in five days, SCA will give students the knowledge, guidance and resources they need to understand the basic functions of a code as well as creating their own video game.


Our curriculum, designed by elite Harvard students concentrating in computer science, is geared towards teaching high school students the fundamentals of coding. Topics covered include:

  • Thinking in Code
  • Python Syntax
  • Debugging Code
  • Conditional Statements
  • For Loops
  • While Loops
  • Functions
  • APIs
  • Classes
  • Inheritance
  • Error Handling
  • Data Structures
  • Local IDEs
  • Terminal
  • Packages


Harvard Student Agencies, Inc. (HSA) is the largest student-run company in the world, employing more than 500 undergraduates annually. Founded in 1957, HSA is a multimillion dollar nonprofit that provides Harvard students with meaningful opportunities for employment and hands-on business education. Student managers lead all aspects of the operations and strategy behind HSA's 14 businesses, which range from publishing to tutoring to bartending, including Let's Go (the leader in student travel), HSA Cleaners (a laundry and dry-cleaning service), and The Harvard Shop (a storefront and web retail business).

Harvard Student Agencies, Inc., is not a part of Harvard University - it is a separate student-run organization affiliated with Harvard University.



Brianna Harris '21 - Summer Coding Academy Director

Brianna is a freshman in Pennypacker planning a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology with a secondary in Computer Science. She is from Brooklyn, NY, but attended school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Outside of the office, Brianna can be found eating at El Jefe's or studying in Maxwell Dworkin. In her free time, she likes to watch "Parks and Recreation" or "The Office" on Netflix or get a quick workout in at the MAC or the local CrossFit gym.


Dara Li ‘20 – HSA Tutoring Managing Director

Born in Singapore and raised in Plano, TX, Dara is a sophomore living in Eliot House studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a Music secondary. Her natural habitat is in the Tutoring pod of HSA, but you may also find her in the music building writing chamber music, Lamont B watching lecture videos at 2X speed, or bump into her on shift with CrimsonEMS. Although you might catch Dara saying she’s interested in the “intersection of art, engineering, and business,” she is actually passionate about spicy instant ramen noodles. In her free time, Dara enjoys arguing with Californians about the unquestionable superiority of Texas and forcing her uninterested coworkers to listen to her music.


Elizabeth Lively ‘21 – Summer Business Academy Director

Elizabeth is a Freshman in Matthews and is leaning towards a concentration in Social Studies. Originally from Needham, Massachusetts, Elizabeth went to Needham High School where she was part of the high school swim team and debate team. Here at Harvard, she is also part of the Harvard College Debating Union. When not in the office, studying, or debating, Elizabeth enjoys making the occasional visit home to bake cookies with her dad.


Gelila Wolle ‘21 – Summer Politics Academy Director

Gelila is a freshman in Weld concentrating in Economics and hoping to get a secondary in Psychology. She grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she spent most of her time doing MUN and teaching language to young children. Outside of HSA, Gelila is either pursuing her passion for feminism by doing programming and outreach for the Radcliffe Union of Students or watching a good K-drama.



Rameen Rana ‘20– HSA Vice President

Hailing from Boston -- a true Bostonian, not some wannabe suburban miscreant -- Rameen is a freshman in Pennypacker, potentially concentrating in the History of Science with a focus on Mind, Brain, and Behavior with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of HSA, Rameen is involved with the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, the Harvard South Asian Association and the Harvard Pakistan Forum. In her spare time, she can be found playing volleyball, talking a mile a minute in an annoyingly hyper manner, watching reruns of The Office, and gulping down Pinkberry in record times.



Ali Dastjerdi ‘19– HSA President

Ali is a junior living in Currier House studying Statistics and Economics. Outside of HSA, Ali spends his time on campus working with various groups at the Institute of Politics trying to put his passions for quantitative analysis and public policy to good use. A self proclaimed “foodie”, Ali likes to spend his free time watching Netflix documentaries about food, watching Food Network competitions, cooking up a storm, and of course eating his way through cuisines across the world.