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Library training session teaches kids to code
by Christine Fonville
March 04, 2014 02:52 PM | 1835 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Children in McDonough can learn how to build web pages, animations and simple games with the guidance of professional developers during the Henry County Library System’s CoderDojo event. The training session will run Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the McDonough library location and is designed for kids aged 7 to 17.

William Metz, co-founder of the e-commerce company SimplePhoto and a Stockbridge High School graduate, said the event will allow participants to use development tools such as JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS and Scratch.

He said he was inspired to bring the training classes to Henry County after mentoring in a similar session in Atlanta. “Last year, I was looking for ways to help kids learn to code when I heard about CoderDojo Ponce Springs in Atlanta,” he said. “I realized that there are many potential mentors and kids who want to learn right here in our county who couldn’t make the long drive, so I wanted to bring it here.” Josh Gough, the founder of the original CoderDojo Ponce Springs has assisted with setting up the program in Henry County and will also be a mentor during the event. Metz said the structure of the training session presents a fun way to learn a new and valuable skill.

“Children learn the basics of coding by playing and creating while mentors guide them and they are encouraged to share what they learn with other students,” he said. All participants are required to bring a personal laptop and children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The library system will continue to host the training sessions on the second Sunday of each month through the partnership with Metz and Gough.

“CoderDojo McDonough provides a great opportunity for the library to help teach valuable skills to youth in our community,” said Kathy Pillatzki, assistant director of the county’s library system.

If you go:
What: CoderDojo
When: Sunday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Where: McDonough Public Library at 1001 Florence McGarity Blvd., McDonough
Cost: Free
Information: www.coderdojohenry.com

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