Explore Intro to Software Dev in

Source Lite

Learn the basics of how to code and create some small apps

Section A - Sundays, 5-7 PM

Registration Is Closed

An introduction to software engineering

Develop basic coding skills for front-end development

In Source Lite, you’ll learn the fundamentals of JavaScript by writing functional programs and developing simple web applications. As the course progresses, you’ll learn how the ReactJS framework can increase the capabilities of your software through creative projects. This course is designed for students with 0 coding experience — check out Source if you already have some background (even CS 1110 level).

Build your ideas from scratch

Source Lite is based on experiential learning. Through coding challenges, simple web applications, and dynamic web pages, you’ll learn how to use your newly developed programming skills to launch your ideas on screen. You’ll even finish the course with a personal website to show off your work.

Explore what’s behind everyday technology 

Learning the fundamentals of programming is a necessity in all fields today. Web development in particular helps us to connect, store and share information, complete tasks more efficiently, be creative, and have fun. Whether or not you’d like to work in web development professionally, you’ll leave Source Lite with a new, fun way to express yourself, and you’ll have laid the foundation of a highly valued programming background.

Projects You’ll Complete

  • Project 1: Create a static webpage using HTML/CSS. Given a framework for the website, focus on learning to work your way around HTML/CSS code and customize it. This is the beginning of your personal website.
  • Project 2: Build a webpage with interactive features using JavaScript. For the content of this webpage, choose something that you would like to teach to the class and make a tutorial to display on the webpage.
  • Project 3: Develop your personal website using the HTML/CSS/JavaScript skills we have learned in the course, and customize using things we learned in lab.
  • Project 4: In groups, create an interactive webpage using React that presents or acts as a solution an issue students may have at UVA or an issue in the Charlottesville community.

Skills You’ll Learn

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Project Planning

Meet Your Program Lead

Natalia Kulczycki

HackCville Member Since 2018

Membership Perks

Once you successfully complete your first Skills Course you are granted HackCville membership. Here are the perks you get access to as a member:

  • 10 weeks of hands-on skills training
  • Priority applications for Launch summer program and trips
  • Access to the HackCville clubhouses’ working and meeting space
  • Early registration and 25% discount on all Skills Courses
  • Exclusive community events and job opportunities

Fees & Accessibility

Course Fee: $125

Each of our courses is just $125 — that’s less than a weekly lunch out for the semester. We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the HackCville community. We think you’ll love HackCville, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course’s first workshop meeting time. You’ll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.

Meeting Times

All of our courses meet once a week for 2 hours. Courses start the third week of UVA classes (January 26) and continue weekly through the end of April. Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in your workshop meeting time, you can expect to meet with your instructor weekly for labs (at flexible times) and to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.

We offer one section of Source Lite:
Section A – Sundays, 5-7 PM

This course is designed for students with 0 coding experience — check out Source if you already have some background (even CS 1110 level). Source has different meeting times.


I love the fact that the projects are very open-ended so you can apply the skills you learn to your own interests. The class is overall well organized and thought out.

Hana Kontrec

Source Course Graduate

It didn’t feel like another “thing” that I had to go to (I actually wanted to), and I gained valuable experience and skills.

Michael Chang

Source Course Graduate

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