HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Jaron Schreiber enrolled at Kaiser High School he was disappointed there was no computer community on campus. So he started a computer science club.
Then he got another idea.
"When I started this club I found that to be a perfect opportunity," he said.
The "opportunity" was to share what he's learned about computer programs by teaching younger students computer programming. He recruited fellow club members as instructors.
in the last couple of months they've taught basic computer programming to dozens of elementary-school students and middle-schoolers during 'coding' classes.
"On a basic level, you're telling the computer what you want it to do," Schreiber said.
The free one-day workshops cover the A,B,C's of how to design a website or app, but instructors also touch on how virtual reality works.
The club designed the lessons to be interactive and easy.
"I say Step 1, plug in the USB, turn on this button. I break it down step by step," club member Sophia Daniel said.
Workshops have been held at Koko Head Elementary, Hahaione Elementary and Niu Valley Middle School.
Schreiber's impressed by how fast the students, as young as fifth-graders, catch on to the concepts.
"You'd be amazed at how capable these kids are nowadays. They're doing stuff beyond what we teach," he said. "During the workshop they were already importing GIFS, moving images, something that I wasn't instructing. They figured out on their own."
The Kaiser High School Computer Science Club considers the workshops community service. The next coding class will be on March 13 at Aina Haina Elementary School.
To learn more about the club and its workshops visit: https://khscsclub.wixsite.com/website