2 July 2015 - 3:38pm | by Kevin Lo

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced MathAndCoding, a nonprofit that offers teen-led programming classes for children in public libraries in the Silicon Valley area. In part 2, we offer a librarian's perspective as the host for this program.

As the first librarian to host it, Karin Bricker, library manager for youth and outreach services at Mountain View Public Library, had to overcome some initial skepticism. "They [Vineet Kosaraju and Nikhil Cheerla] are certainly capable, well-meaning kids. But they are still kids. So there was some initial back and forth early on in regards to curriculum."  

2 July 2015 - 3:21pm | by Kevin Lo

On a balmy Californian Saturday afternoon, 14 kids, 8 boys and 6 girls, are figuring out the profit and loss of a lemonade stand. There's no real money involved, nor is it a real lemonade stand. And they're doing this using the programming language Java on their laptops.

With lines of code projected on a screen, these children listen intently in a conference room at the Mountain View Public Library, as part of a four-week course on programming. It's free to anyone who wants to attend, regardless of where they live. 

Kids learning how to code at the library

14 April 2014 - 2:57pm | by Kevin Lo

By now you've probably heard of a massive IT issue that could potentially affect millions of Internet users. Learn what it is and what TechSoup is doing about it.

21 October 2010 - 9:54am | by Kevin Lo

Hillcon Valley, a Washington, DC-based blog that focuses on technology issues and policy, reported earlier this month that Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spoke at George Mason Law School and encouraged academics to study the effectiveness of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce.