Preparing for the Present and Future with Coding and Robotics

by Selina Johnson, Wylam Branch Library

Teens Engineer BHM Arduino class at East Lake Branch Library

Robots are being manufactured to solve problems that are big and small. There are delivery robots, robots in medicine, and robots in space, to name a few, that enrich our lives. Therefore, it is clear how important computer science is in our lives and the future. Learning how to code through robotics is a great way to engage students and develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century. These experiences will hopefully spark their interest in STEM, strengthen skills for the future, and be great fun.

Learning how to design, build, and solder at West End Branch Library

The Birmingham Public Library will have programs geared toward engineering and coding at several locations this year. Teens Engineer BHM is a partnership between the Birmingham Public Library and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering that teaches teens interested in math and science careers basic engineering concepts. Students with a curiosity for engineering will learn to program robots and gain computer coding skills. There is a session that will be held at Wylam Branch Library on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. You may contact Selina Johnson at 785-0349 to register.

Upcoming Teens Engineer BHM workshops:
East Lake Branch Library, February 14, 3:15 p.m.
North Birmingham Regional Branch Library, February 21, 4:00 p.m.
East Ensley Branch Library, February 26, 3:45 p.m.
Smithfield Branch Library, February 28, 4:00 p.m.

The program is made possible by a generous donation from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham