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Four Athens Launches More Kid Coding Camps

by Klaire Wesolowski

In January, Four Athens launched the first of its after school tech education programs for middle school students. Recently, they announced their plan to introduce two more “Code Camps” in February and March. These four week classes will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Parish School and Hilsman Middle School.

In order to conduct these programs, Four Athens partners with local education leaders and business owners. At the camps, they teach students basic programming skills by building a simple game. Students are introduced to HTML5, Javascript, and CSS. Full and partial scholarships are available through the support of Georgia Power and various local businesses and individuals.

Jim Flannery, Four Athens Executive Director, explains, “The opportunity to bring local education, business, and tech professionals together to give children in Athens the chance to explore their natural curiosity about technology and how it works is a key part of our efforts to create a tech hub here in Athens. Kids have an ability to grasp basic concepts and run with them where technology is involved, and giving them the opportunity to do that has immediate advantages in terms of developing problem-solving skills and logical cognitive processes, as well as later in life in the job market.”

Over the last three years, Four Athens has served to bring the Athens startup community together by providing essential consultation and resources to entrepreneurs, offering an affordable co-working space, and holding events appealing to their needs. They believe that Athens has everything needed to become a strong, successful technology startup hub and are committed to adhere to the needs of the community.

Four Athens hopes to bring more classes to other schools in the future. They also provide various introductory and intermediate programming classes for adults, with weekend workshops and skill-building sessions throughout the year.

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