These days when you ask a child what they want to do when they grow up, they'll often respond with video game programmer and engineer as top career choices, along with perennial favorites police officer, veterinarian and athlete. Technology is all around, and many children discover early on that they not only want to play with tech, they want to create it for a living too.
So how do you help your child progress from playing to making tech? The South Irving Library now offers two programs for children to learn basic and advanced coding. With a generous gift of $5,000 from Irving Share Tank and Friends of Irving Public Library, classes begin this month.
Tiny Tinkers Storytime for Preschool and Kindergarten-aged children takes place at 10:30 a.m., February 16. Youngsters will be introduced to coding concepts through stories and music. Afterward, they will be challenged with simple and engaging coding activities, like learning with Bee-Bots.
Junior Robotics for Grades 1-5 takes place at 4 p.m., on February 22. Students can start on a path of engineering and programming through advanced STEM exploration and robotics projects, using the LEGO WeDo 2.0.
Attendance to both programs are limited, and require tickets, which can be picked up at the Children's Information Desk 30 minutes prior to program start time. For more details, call the South Irving Library at (972) 721-2606.