Mountain House teenagers teach middle school students basic programming
by Anumita Kaur
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West High School student Zain Munad (left) helps 12-year-old Sangeetha Barath with her computer programming skills at Mountain House Branch Library on Wednesday, July 31. Munad and a friend are leading a three-week workshop on Java programming for middle school students.  Anumita Kaur/For the Tracy Press
West High School student Zain Munad (left) helps 12-year-old Sangeetha Barath with her computer programming skills at Mountain House Branch Library on Wednesday, July 31. Munad and a friend are leading a three-week workshop on Java programming for middle school students. Anumita Kaur/For the Tracy Press
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — While many teenagers spend the summer lounging around the house, Zain Munad is teaching middle school students valuable computer programming skills.

The 17-year-old rising senior at West High School paired with a longtime friend, Zhengyu “Jerry” Shen, of Monte Vista High School, on Wednesday, July 31, to host the first class in a three-week series on Java programming for sixth- through eighth-graders.

“I could spend my summer sleeping, but that wouldn’t be improving the world in any way,” Munad said. “It (programming) should be something all children know in the modern world where computers are increasingly a part of everyday life.”

Munad approached Shen, 16, with the idea to teach programming classes, knowing he “couldn’t handle all the kids on his own.”

“We hope through all this, the kids will gain an interest in technology,” Munad said.

Their interactive series at Mountain House Branch Library, 579 Wicklund Way Crossing, takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday.

Munad and Shen spoke to a group of 13 students during their first class Wednesday about the basics of Java programming. Then the pair had each student apply the lessons from the lecture on a computer.

“Computers need our help,” Munad said. “You tell the computer what to do.”

Shen and Munad coached the students step by step as they tested programming techniques.

“You just have to make sure what you’re saying gets through to them,” Shen said.

Both instructors worked with students to fix any mistakes they made, encouraging them to keep learning.

Nishtha Korde, 11, “thought it was cool” to learn how to program.

Ojas Nain, 10, said it was easy to learn and praised Munad and Shen.

“They’re really good at explaining it.”

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