Hello Koders!

We’re excited to participate in this year’s edition of Computer Science Education week from December 4th to the 10th 2017!
Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline in today’s world. Learning even the basics will help students in virtually any career—from architecture to zoology. Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog, or how electricity works, it’s important for every 21st century student to have a chance to design an app or an algorithm, or learn how the Internet works.

We can all help prepare our children for the 21st century by growing participation in this field, and to break the stereotype that coding is only for nerdy teenage boys. To that end, we’ve put together a series of events we hope to see you and your kids participate in.

Hour Of Code Nights

When: Tuesday December 5th and Thursday December 7th 2017 from 5pm to 8pm

Where:  Computer Lab at the Laurel Library Branch
507 7th Street
Laurel, MD 20707

Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. By joining us on one of these nights, you or your child can try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.

Future Techie Conference

When: Saturday December 9th 2017

Where: Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room)  at the Laurel Library Branch
507 7th Street
Laurel, MD 20707

This conference is aimed at parents and their children, ages K – 12 that are interested in learning more about computer science and technology and want the opportunity to interact with professionals from the field. The program will be as follow:


During the first hour 6 speakers will each hold 10 minutes talk focused on their background, how they got into the field of computer science and technology, the lessons they learned, and their current career. This is a direct opportunity for you and your kids to hear directly from actors in the field and be able to understand a little more this growing carerr opportunity.


During the second hour, KidKoders will hold a 30 minutes panel time allowing discussion on the impact of Computer Science in the marketplace of today followed by a Q&A session giving you an opportunity to interact with our panel participants and ask questions. Following the conclusion of the Q&A, we will let you informally meet and greet our speakers so you can ask the more informal questions you have and get the opportunity to interact on a one on one basis.


This is list of speakers at the event:

  1. Bunmie OIamide  – Technology Manager at NPR

  2. Madrice Guy (CEO at Blue Eye Technology)

  3. Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi (Mobile QA Engineer at NPR)

  4. Joshua Jackson (Platforms Lead / Software Engineer at IronNet Cybersecurity)x
  5. Tracy King (Digital Hardware Design Engineer)

  6. Michael Jackson – Digital Transformation, Healthcare Leader at Amazon

As usual, these events are completely free and there is no need for a sign up or reservation. Pass the word along and we’re looking forward to seeing you at at least one of them next week!

Happy Computer Science Education Week!

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