"Beans" are reusable bits of code you put together to create applications. Check out the magazine Beanz from either Woodbourne or Centerville Library!
The Library offers several Maker Kits that can help you learn about coding. Click on the image below to see them, then click on any kit to place a hold! There’s even a kit that lets you build a computer, and another that teaches you about electrical circuits! Note: Maker kits for kids are available at the Children's Service Desk but must be checked out by an adult, using their library card and driver’s license.
Prenda Code Club from the Library!
For ages 8 to 18! Prenda Code Club is a self-guided online software program you reach through the library’s website, that teaches you how to code through hundreds of coding tutorials and dozens of real-world projects. Prenda turns learning into a game― as you progress through the activities, you’ll earn clothes and accessories for your personal avatar.
To find this great resource, start on the Kids! website, click on the Research tab, then scroll down to Prenda Code Club! Note: Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.
Computer Science Fundamentals
These courses from Code.org, a nonprofit educational organization, will help you learn to code. Course #2 is an introduction to coding for kids who are comfortable readers. Younger kids, or those still building reading skills, might consider starting with Course #1. For more advanced coders, use Course #3, then Course #4.
Scratch is a computer program that allows you to create animation, stories and games, and even share them! Start here on the Tips page and try a Tutorial to get started. This one is more challenging than Code Monster.
Beanz: Kids, Code and Computer Science
A library magazine for kids, packed with articles and projects related to coding.
This is the website that goes with the magazine, which you can borrow from the Library!
See stories and games (even some Minecraft!) created by students, and take a look at the code used to create the project. Click on any project to see and/or play it, then view the code by clicking on "How It Works." If that doesn’t appear on the page, click on "Built on CodeStudio," then on "How It Works."
Code with Anna & Elsa
Have fun trying some basic coding, with the familiar Disney characters.
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) - FIRST is a non-profit organization founded to inspire kids’ interest in science and technology. They sponsor FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8) clubs, in which kids design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®. Scroll down the page to see the links to the leagues.