Exploring Coding in Wisconsin Libraries


[Background Music]
It’s incredible how many different people are showing up
to this Coding Education event offered by their town’s library. Sophia really likes chess and logic
puzzles, and her dad wants her to look into some careers.
Coding sounds promising. Brian wants to support his family
and decided he needs a new career he can learn quickly. Here’s some friends
who formed a bond this year. They all really need
a creative outlet. Building an amazing website would
be a great way to make their mark in the world, plus knowing how to
make things online is a powerful skill. So this free event
is right up their alley. Sharon and Kiara don’t know
anything about coding. But they’re used to collaborating,
and if she likes it, Kiara is planning to organize a similar event for
employees at her business. Sharon might do the same with
the after-school group she runs. Watching everyone arrive,
Tua is amazed. He set up this event,
but even he didn’t realize how many different roads
could lead to coding these days. He hasn’t told anyone
about his own interest coding. More about that later. But to be honest, he wasn’t really
sure what coding was until recently. It can be confusing. To some, coding is a synonym
for computer programming. Other people say it’s
more or less than that. But for the library’s purposes,
they went with the understanding promoted by the Coding Initiative
in Wisconsin public libraries. When we say “coding,”
we’re thinking about computer programming,
but also a kind of literacy. The ability to apply a certain
type of thinking, often called computational thinking, for problem-
solving and stimulating creativity. Defined like this, coding includes
many ways of solving problems, designing systems, and even
understanding human behavior. It really is a huge field
for anyone and everyone. Tua used resources from the state
initiative to set up tonight’s event as a way for people in the
community to come together and get better at
this modern language. The evening will feature some
games that aren’t on computers. To work on the mental skills
behind writing code, there will be some computer activities
that are also pretty visual. And for those who want to, there will
be the chance to go all out typing code. So Tua is happy, mostly for his
community, but also he thinks maybe someday he could build an app to help
manage some of his library projects. It might take a little time, but that’s why,
just like for everyone else here tonight, it’s important for him to get a taste of
this thing that’s become so ubiquitous. Your library can help many people
in your community with many different needs by offering
some kind of coding education. Learn more about how to
do it at our website. [ Music ]

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