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Middle school students can get one-on-one lessons in coding through the Library's Tech Bytes after school program. This technology-based program helps kids get ready for high school with the tech knowledge and experience needed to succeed. We've brought in two teens from the area to work as mentors.

We'll be doing recorded sessions of lessons, which you can find on our YouTube page or by browsing our events for teens.

Meet the Mentors

Rayaan Siddiqi will enter his senior year at James B. Conant High School in fall 2020. He loves coding and has made dozens of projects varying from standard web pages in JavaScript to cool mobile games in Android & iOS, available in the app store. He has been programming since he was in 9th grade and has his own YouTube channel for computer science-related videos on topics like artificial intelligence. In addition to his passion for programming and exploring the possibilities of computer science, Rayaan likes to watch/play basketball and travel with his family. ​Check out Rayaan's website.

“Growing up now, you should be well-versed and equipped with strong computer skills and I feel like we have been striving to accomplish that mission through Tech Bytes," Rayaan said.

Having older teens mentor tweens and younger teens makes the communication smoother and more relatable, he said.

“Students are able to see an example of a teen who is explaining computer science topics at a young age, and this acts as motivation for them to learn more and more.”

Andrew Choi is a recent high school graduate who specializes in software design and general tutoring. He, along with a few other coordinators, runs the Tech Bytes program at the Central and branch locations, which consists of mentoring young children interested in technology and coding. His hobbies include illustrating, film watching, and being a computer graphics enthusiast/programmer.

Funding

Schaumburg Library was one of 28 public libraries in Illinois to win grant funding through Project Next Generation. The Illinois State Library used Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the various libraries.

Project Next Generation funds will also support the Library’s teen hackathon event and other programs that will help teens use technology for creative projects.