Computer Coding for Kids
Computers are amazing machines but how do they work? What tells them what to do? Something called code! Check out the short video below for an awesome explanation of what code is and what it does.
Code is pretty cool! Wouldn't it be neat if you could control what your computer does? Well, you can! Here at the library, we have some really great books to give kids a jump start into coding. Coding Projects in Scratch and Coding Games in Scratch give step-by-step instructions for building computer games and more using the free program language Scratch. Awesome Algorithms and Creative Coding cover a wide range of computer language, coding, and algorithms, and how they work. And for anyone interested in pursuing a career in computer science, A Day at Work with a Software Developer explains computer technology, software engineering, and how to become a software developer. We are also excited to offer coding programs just for kids! Check out our fall edition of At the Library for dates, times, and locations.
There are also many great online sources to help kids learn code. Code.org is a great resource with tutorials and learning tools. Code Monster is a fun and interactive way to learn how computers "listen" to instructions. While a little more basic and less instructional, Pencil Code offers another option to play around with coding.
Even if you don't have access to a computer, you can learn about coding! CS Unplugged: Computer Science without a computer offers free learning activities to help kids learn about computer science. You can also learn code using everyday items such as LEGOS. Or try a lesson on computer science from Code.org.
With so many free resources available, why not give coding a try? Have fun!