Computer programming helps kids cultivate creativity and problem-solving skills while strengthening their ability to apply scientific thinking. To help youth enhance their coding skills in a fun and collaborative environment, the Columbia Public Library is hosting five sessions of “Coding Lab” later this month.
Youth will code their own robot or video game using visual programming. Instead of manually typing complex commands, kids can drag and drop graphical buttons to create a sequence of commands. This approach is far more intuitive for new coders.
“Coding Lab” attendees choose among several learning stations that feature our newest tech toys such as littleBits, Osmo, LEGO MINDSTORMS, Cubelets and more! This program is for those ages 10 and up. To register, call (573) 443-3161.
The library carries many titles to teach yourself computer programming, including these great books for kids:
- “Coding Games in Scratch” by Jon Woodcock
- “Coding in the Real World” by Heather Lyons
- “Star Wars Coding Projects” by Jon Woodcock
- “A Beginner’s Guide to Coding” by Marc Scott
- “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World” by Reshma Saujani
- “How to Code: A Step-by-step Guide to Computer Coding” by Max Wainewright