Computer programming course offered to Langdon youth
The Langdon Community Association is sponsoring a course this fall that will teach 12 to 17 year olds the ins and outs of computers, as well as basic coding and programming skills.
The Langdon Community Association is sponsoring a course this fall that teaches 12 to 17 year olds the ins and outs of computers, as well as basic coding and programming skills.
The course will consist of 10 two-hour sessions that will start on October 3, at a cost of $ 300. Students enrolled in the course receive the required materials and can keep the Rasberry Pi 400 kit they are working on throughout the sessions at the end of the course. All surplus funds will be donated to the community association.
Kevin Fisk, a Langdon resident who volunteered his time to facilitate the course, holds a Technical Diploma in Computer Science from Camosun College in Victoria, BC, and has worked in the tech industry for 25 years. . He is currently working as a senior technical support engineer in the oil and gas industry.
âI have what I call my work side of tech, and then I have a hobby side,â he said. âIt’s kind of that hobby side that manifests in me, which is tinkering with technology. With the children, I thought I would share a logic of forward payment and show what I have [to offer]. “
He said he had been interested in computers since he was a teenager and what started out as a passionate hobby eventually turned into a career.
An active member of the volunteer community, Fisk said he has given demonstrations and lessons with a local Boy Scout group, a theater group, schools and the Synergy Youth and Community Development Society.
He said he had decided to introduce technical knowledge courses in Langdon so that those interested did not have to travel to the city to learn these skills.
” It’s important to [give] access to rural communities and rural children to things that are not accessible in [our area],” he said.
Fisk added that the next course is designed to be useful for novice and intermediate computer users, and will range from internet technology and basic devices to programming concepts and basic coding skills.
According to Fisk, the Rasberry Pi 400 kits the students will be working on are a device commonly used in oil and gas controllers and other industries.
âThey actually use these devices to run factories,â he said. âSo these kids will discover a system or an environment that can lead them to their adult careers. “
Fisk would like to highlight the role that the Langdon Community Association played in initiating this course, allowing them to use the association’s land to host the course.
âI couldn’t have done it without them,â he said. “The community association has mobilized well for this one.”
The class will take place on Sundays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Langdon Field House. At the time of going to press, there were still positions to be filled. Those interested can contact [email protected] for more information or to register.
Registrations close on September 26 or when all places are filled.