Children ages 6 through 12 can learn the basics of computer coding without a computer at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Books and Beyond program. The event takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Central Library.
Books and Beyond consists of book discussions and activities related to monthly themes. Each theme incorporates concepts from STEAM learning: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Children use their imaginations to explore the themes and complete the activities, all while socializing with others their age and having fun.
Attendees at the November program can exercise their STEAM technology skills by participating in three activities that teach the basics of coding. First, attendees will guide a Lego figure out of a maze by creating lines of code that tell the figure how to move. Next, the children will learn about the binary system by coding their name or birthdate with black and white beads that will be strung to make a key chain or bracelet. Finally, the kids will take turns guiding each other through a grid on the floor using simple instructions similar to those used in coding.
No registration is required to attend this free event. Children must be ages 6 through 12 to attend. The Central Library is located at 625 Austin St., in Downtown Garland. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. For more information on this program, please call 972-205-2516.