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Coding for Kids

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“Coding is the closest thing we have to a superpower.”
-Drew Houston (Dropbox Founder, Coder, Billionaire)

The Idaho Falls Public Library offers free Coding for Kids workshops to junior library patrons, ages 8-12. Learn the basics of coding with kid-friendly software, programmable robots, and more!

Class Schedule

Our winter session begins on October 30, 2017 and ends during the week of December 16, 2017. Sign up to attend just one day of the week, then continue to attend on that day until the end of the class.

Registration

Each daily session is limited to 25 students and is open to junior library patrons, ages 8-12. Classes are free. Register in person at the children’s desk or over the phone at 208-612-8457. The library will provide Chromebooks during class instruction. Parents and guardians will be asked to help set up online accounts during the first week of the class.

Coding Facts

  • Computer science majors earn 40% more over their career than the average college graudate.
  • 74% of new STEM jobs are in computing, but only 8% of STEM grads are in computer science.
  • Computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.
  • By 2020 it is estimated that there will be 1 million more programming jobs than there will be computer science students to fill them.
  • Idaho is one of only 8 states in the country to create statewide K-12 computer science standards.
  • Coding promotes logical reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Kids LOVE it!

  Download our course information flier

FAQs

Why Coding?
Coding is quickly becoming as important a literacy skill as the ABCs and 123s. In Coding for Kids, we introduce youth to coding to give them a head start on learning these skills.

What will my kid do in Coding for Kids?
In Coding for Kids we learn the basics of computer programming and how to build websites, video games, and more.

How will my kid learn coding?
Using specially designed, web-based programs, kids engage in challenges and work on projects that teach them how to code at their own pace.

Who Teaches Coding for Kids
The kids are their own teachers. An IFPL staff member serves as a facilitator, mentor, and cheerleader for the kids while they participate in a self-driven learning experience.

Why is there an age limit?
Kids must be independent readers and able to understand written directions in order to join.

When does Coding for Kids meet?
We will have five chapters (classes) of Coding for Kids, each meeting once a week, Monday through Friday. Kids can register for the day of the week that best fits their schedules. They will attend classes on that day throughout the program.

How do my kids register for Coding for Kids?
Ask at the children’s desk. They will get you signed up.

What if the day my kid wants is full?
When a day fills, kids can put their names on a waitlist for that day in case a spot opens up.

Does my kid have to attend on the same day every week?
Yes. Space is limited to 25 kids per class, so kids will not be able to come except on the day they registered.

Can my kid sign up for more than one day?
No. However, they can sign up for both the fall and winter sessions.

What if my kid misses a week?
Since the software we use in Coding for Kids is web-based, kids can log in from anywhere to work on projects or they can pick up where they left off when they return to class.

Do parents need to come too?
We invite parents to join us for the introduction at our first meeting and the show at our last meeting. Otherwise, the classes are for kids only.

What if I have more questions?
For more information, ask at the children’s desk or contact Ryan Congdon using this online form.

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