Hamburg Public Library Coding Camp Powered by AT&T Introduces Kids to Web and Software Development |
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From April 10th- 13th local youth will bring their imagination, and desire to learn to the Hamburg Public Library Coding Camp Powered by AT&T. The innovative coding camp is a free four-day program that will be held at the Hamburg Public Library during spring break. Children ranging from ages 11-to-14 can come and learn how to write code and build a website under the instruction of various mentors. The coding camp is free for participants, but is limited to 25 students total, laptops are provided for the first 20 campers.
The Hamburg Public Library Coding Camp Powered by AT&T is designed to introduce Western New York youth to the exciting world of web and software development and to help jumpstart futures in technology, engineering and digital literacy. Coding is quickly becoming the new literacy, with technology powering every electronic device kids and adults interact with. The appetite among students for coding is growing in popularity as the discipline is a main driver of innovation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, much of the growth in the demotic and global economy will come from STEM related jobs – a highly lucrative and competitive field. While jobs overall are expected to grow by 10 percent in 2018, STEM jobs are predicted to grow by 17 percent, and it is estimated by 2020 there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs in the US. More than half of this growth will be made up of computer careers, underscoring the importance of providing the youth the tools and skills necessary to compete in this innovation economy.
“AT&T is proud to collaborate with the Buffalo and Erie County Library and Hamburg Public Library to support this innovative experience for local students as it further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM and coding related educational programing in the Western New York region and throughout the State,” said Benjamin Roberts, director of Public Affairs, AT&T. “Our economy continues to transform at a robust pace – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and digital literacy - and STEM and coding opportunities like this one are vital to ensure that the students of today are prepared for the global economy of tomorrow. I am excited to see the creativity and innovation from the young minds that participate in this unique coding camp.”
AT&T’s support for this program is part of the company’s legacy of supporting educational programs focused on STEM and computer coding disciplines in New York through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature $350 million philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring. Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on school success and workforce readiness by creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to take on 21st century career.
AT&T’s support of the coding camp also grows out of AT&T’s Digital You program, which is company’s public education campaign that demonstrates its commitment to familiarizing children with the wonders of the internet, while educating them on to how navigate with confidence, responsibly and safety. The digital age provides us with wonderful, life-enhancing opportunities as well as the occasional challenge. AT&T's Digital You program was created to help educate children on the dangerous corners of the internet and how to protect their privacy, safety and security as they connect online.