The wonder of zeros and ones: Library to hold coding classes

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


As computers are becoming an increasingly important part of life, the Washington Public Library is planning a series of workshops for young people that will help learn more than basic computer use and teach students to program their own code.

Library assistant Kayla Nelson said every Tuesday during July, the library will hold workshops to give an introduction to coding for teens. She said that the class that taught binary has already been held, but coming classes will teach algorithms and the beginnings of how to design games.

?Coding is how computers talk within itself and to each other,? she said. ?It?s pretty common in schools that she start teaching coding because computers are now a big part of our existence and our lives.?

She said people who know how to work with computers and can determine potential problems in programming can be helpful in pursuing technology-based jobs, and teaches basic logic and problem solving.

Nelson admits she knows little about coding. She began studying the subject when a young student recommended she host a coding program. Feeling it was a good idea, she began learning more about the topic.

The binary class, which dealt with all zeros and ones, is the basis for how all computer data is stored. Nelson said a DVD movie is a line of zeros and ones. She said there is no language necessary with binary coding. In the next class, algorithms will be discussed, which she described as ?if this, then that.?

She said each class will run during the remainder of the month between noon and 2 p.m.