Local youth invited to free coding sessions at Emeryville Apple store


Local youth ages 13-18 are encouraged to register for free coding sessions being offered next week at the Apple store at 5640 Bay St. in Emeryville.

The Onyx Scholars Codethon will instruct youth in coding and will have them programming a robot to perform a variety of tasks at the Bay Street store on June 29 (Thursday), June 30 and July 1.

Participants will learn how to code on Apple’s Swift Playgrounds and complete a sphero robot maze challenge at the end of the session,” said Onyx Scholars founder Maiya Newsome-Edgerly.

The Onyx Scholars launched the codethon in partnership with Apple Bay Street as a way to bridge the gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers for inner-city youth.

“We are launching the Onyx Scholars Codethon to ensure that inner-city students aren’t left behind in Silicon Valley’s Tech Renaissance,” according to Onyx Scholars.

Register online here. While coding sessions are free, space is limited, so sign up sooner than later.

“Local students can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or Apple will provide them,” Newsome-Edgerly said. “There will be a certified trainer on site for the participants and the Apple Store will supply all the gear for each session.”