(Carroll County Times) Library to host 14-year-old’s computer, Facebook course

Century High School incoming freshman Samuel McIntire, 14, will be teaching a five-day computer class for children at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library. The classes aim to spark interest in computer-based skills and will touch on photo editing, Web editing, video editing, animation and how to use Facebook safely. (Advocate photo by Daniel Gross)

Recently, I inquired about an upcoming computer class being held at the Eldersburg Branch Library. After speaking with the library spokeswoman, I found that this particular five-day course is being taught by a 14-year-old boy entering his freshman year at Century High School. I ended up meeting with him at the library to go over what his course was all about. He will be teaching elementary school students all about computer skills: web editing, video editing, photo editing, animation, and even a lesson on how to use Facebook safely.

After the interview, I could tell that this was someone who learns very quickly and does not hesitate to run with an idea. He said several interesting thoughts about it being very important for children in this day and age to learn these computer skills, even if they do not plan to do it as a career. Given the amount of computer technology and computer technology-based jobs we have today, I tend to think this learning process happens mostly naturally now, it’s still important to pick up these skills.

I also found it interesting that a 14-year-old was teaching others about Facebook settings, and online privacy. Typically, you would think this would be something for adults to teach children about or adults to teach adults about to protect their children. Now it seems we are to the point where even the younger kids know about Facebook and the importance of knowing what should and should not be posted online. Good luck to this kid and I wish him the best of luck in whatever he ends up doing. I trust that whatever he does, he will do it wholeheartedly.

Here’s the piece I wrote for The Advocate of Carroll County. Incidentally, it was also picked up by the Carroll County Times and ran in today’s issue.


In just a couple of weeks, 14-year-old Samuel McIntire will be in the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library teaching a five-day computer class he created, something the library has never experienced before, according to library associate Elaina Skovira.

“He came to us wanting to do some service hours. He wanted to actually put together some programs that he could teach to younger kids,” Skovira said. “Usually kids come in and say, ‘Can I come and volunteer to stack books or something.’ This is the first time someone has said they’ve wanted to do this.”

McIntire, an incoming freshman at Century High School from Sykesville, was looking to fulfill the high school graduation requirement of 75 community service-learning hours when he decided to teach his own class at the library titled “Computer Camp 4 Kids.”

Read the full article here.

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