Coding and robotics
Technology is already part of every workplace and every home. Coding is the preliminary part of any technology process which involves telling a computer what you want it to do through step-by-step commands. It requires technical knowledge of the programming languages of code. If you can speak the language of code you can contribute towards creating the solutions needed for the 21st century.
But how do we start learning those skills?
The Recommended platforms matrix (PDF 111.1 KB) and the Explore further platforms matrix (PDF 84.6 KB) have been designed to guide you to get started in learning coding and robotics. A limited number of recommended platforms at a variety of price points have been selected to appeal to a range of ages and skill levels. If you would like to explore beyond the recommended options, the Explore further matrix provides more technology options, resources, activities and ideas for beginner, intermediate and advanced participants.
From this list of platforms, below are links to the tools libraries are using already. Each link contains video demonstration and library workshop activities that you can implement or adapt for your library. You can adapt this Activity Planner template (DOCX 72.6 KB) for use in your library.
To share your workshop ideas or other creative library activities you develop, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public libraries are using Ozobots, miniature robots, to introduce people of all ages (primarily young children) to basic coding in a fun and easy way.
Sphero SPRK Edition will inspire a love of robotics, coding, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) principles through play and exploration.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots can be used to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning into libraries.
Information about Bee-Bot, part of the developing global robotics trend in the STEAM field.
Information about the Pro-Bot, part of the developing global robotics trend in the STEAM field.
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