Python is usually the first programming language people learn primarily because it is easy to understand and it provides a solid foundation to learn other computer programming languages.Python is a widely-used and powerful computer programming language that has helped system administrators manage computer networks and problem solve computer systems for decades. Python has also built some popular applications like BitTorrent, Blender, Calibre, Dropbox, and much more. Going further, the “Pi” in Raspberry Pi stands for Python, so learning Python will instill more confidence when working with Raspberry Pi projects.

In this webinar, we will:
· Learn what Python is and what it is capable of doing.
· Install Python’s IDE for Windows and gain an appreciation of the Python shell.
· Use calculations, variables, strings, lists, if statements, and more.
· Discover Python’s built-in functions and understand modules.
· Create simple programs to build on later.


Original broadcast January 24, 2018 

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.