Got Code?: Gorton Community Center

The Gorton Community Center will provide computer coding classes from August 4-8.  According to the following press release:

“The latest writing workshop coming to Gorton Community Center is not what you might think. This class promises a crash course in writing in different languages by the end of the week – computer coding languages.


Coding is an essential skill in the digital age, and software architecture is one of the fastest growing careers. From Mindcraft to iPhone Apps, today’s youth is inspired to build and create in the technological realm.
Lake Forest native and 2014 Stanford graduate Konstantine Buhler is teaching an intensive workshop at Gorton, to students aged 12-18, on the physical properties of a computer, the basics of Java, and web languages (HTML, CSS and JS). Buhler was honored for earning the highest scores in his engineering department, and received the Terman award as a top engineering student. He will continue this fall at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in their dual Masters in Computer Science and MBA program.

‘I really wish I’d been exposed to these basics of coding before I went to college,’ said Buhler, freshly returned from Italy where, as the CTO of a small startup, he toured a variety of tech firms. ‘Even knowing just a little bit of everything would have helped me hit the ground running. I had to work hard to catch up with tech.’

Buhler got the idea for the class after introducing his cousin, then 9, to a variety of coding concepts. “She really got into it and was empowered to learn and create in a whole new direction,” said Buhler. “I want to foster that excitement for the computer sciences in students in my hometown, which is such an important place to me. Gorton is the ideal place for this class, with their focus on community and education. They welcomed my idea with open arms.”

The course will span five days, from August 4 -8, beginning with a day of learning the hardware from the inside out. Students will deconstruct a computer paying special attention to each individual part of the machine and its specific job.

On days two and three, Buhler will define Object-Oriented Programming through Java in the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment. He will teach techniques used in introductory courses at universities such as Stanford and MIT. Days four and five will introduce what Buhler calls the ‘higher-level computing – that done in the cloud. We’ll run through HTML and CSS, and build some basic webpages,”’he said. The class will finish with JavaScript and making a dynamic webpage.

‘I designed this course for aspiring scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and professionals. It’s really great for all ages,’said Buhler. The class size is limited to 15 students, and each will bring his or her own laptop. Registration is required directly through Konstantine Buhler at buhler@stanford.edu. For further details, go to www.gortoncenter.org.”

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