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Young coders learn to 'build a better world' at Falls Library

Staff Report Published: June 4, 2017 12:00 AM

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- New and experienced kid programmers in grades 4 to 7 are invited to register for "Byte-size Coding for Kids," a weekly introductory coding program designed to engage students at their skill level, inspire them to keep learning and prepare them for the careers of the future.

"Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing," said Joyce Bigam, children's services coordinator. "Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners."

Classes will be held at the library on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from June 5 to July 17. The curriculum is inspired by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. To maximize participation, teachers will use pair programming. When students partner up, they learn that computer science is social and collaborative.

Kids will begin by experimenting with visual blocks, then progress to more advanced coding as they design games, build apps, and make incredible projects.

"Byte-size Coding for Kids" builds on the library's previous successes with other STEM-related programs including Circuits & Coding for Kids, LEGO Club, and After School Adventures.

The program is funded by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio. Friends of Cuyahoga Falls Library provided additional financial support.

For more information or to register, call the library at 330-928-2117.


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