In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, learning about coding and electronics is becoming a basic part of a person’s education.
The Brantford Public Library has a great selection of fun and educational kits, books and online services for coders and programmers of all ages and abilities that can be accessed for free with a library membership.
Our newest kit for younger children is the Code-a-pillar. This colorful caterpillar learning toy encourages children to experiment as they play, helping develop problem-solving, planning and sequencing, and critical thinking skills.
Another recent addition to the library’s collection is the Osmo Little Genius starter kit. These kits work with an iPad (which must be supplied separately) to transform the space in front of your device into a fun and educational digital game board.
The library’s Cubetto Playset offers a great way to teach children the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands-on play. This friendly wooden robot introduces a range of basic programming concepts without the need for a screen or keyboard.
Other popular coding kits are the Dash robot and Ozobot robots.
The Dash robot responds to voice commands, can navigate around objects and also dances and sings. Users can also download free apps to Apple or Android devices to explore hundreds of fun challenges and puzzles. Ozobots, meanwhile, can be taught to follow simple color coded lines and patterns that kids can draw on regular paper.
Older kids, and adults, can explore coding and electronics in-depth with the library’s Arduino, Raspberry Pit and BBC Micro: bits kits. These kits include a programmable microcomputer and all the parts needed to create hundreds of projects to explore coding and programming.
The library also offers a selection of print and eBooks to help explore the full potential of these kits and advance further into the world of coding.
Visit the library and ask staff for help finding the best book or eBook for your skill and knowledge level. The library’s LinkedIn Learning database offers an incredible selection of free online video courses to help children and adults learn to code and program.
Just log in with your library card and PIN any time to watch training videos on the most popular coding languages used today. These training videos are constantly updated to ensure you are getting the most recent learning tools possible.
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