Friday, July 06, 2018

West End Library Summer Coding Camp Exposes Teens to Computer Coding Skills

by Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations at the Birmingham Public Library

Instructor Keiah Shauku (left) helps a student at the Teen Summer Coding Camp at the West End Library

For two weeks in June, teenagers in western Birmingham gained free exposure to computer coding skills, thanks to a free camp hosted by the West End Branch Library. The Birmingham Teen Summer Coding Camp, held June 18-22 and June 25-29, and a separate Teens Engineer BHM Camp held June 11-15, at West End Library, was sponsored by Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson, West End Manor Neighborhood Association, and Arlington West End Neighborhood Association.

Tyson represents Birmingham’s District 6, which includes West End Library. She is a longtime supporter of programming at West End Library and Titusville Branch Library, which is also in her district. Arlington Manor and Arlington West End neighborhoods have also been longtime supporters of West End Library, Branch Manager Maya Jones said.

The coding camp was led by instructor Keiah Shaku, a Birmingham mother who has been a volunteer for teen programming at the Central Library that her children have participated in. The Teens Engineer BHM was led by mentors from the UAB School of Engineering, which partners with BPL on the program.

Fox 6 News did a feature on the Teen Summer Coding Camp in June. See a link to the Fo6 clip here: http://m.wbrc.com/Clip/14435360/teen-coding-camp

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