Crack­ing code for fun

Melville Times - - Street Watch -

CITY of Melville li­braries will be­come the first in WA to of­fer free cod­ing pro­grams for pri­mary school chil­dren.

Rain­for­est Cod­ing and SwopBots are games that in­tro­duce chil­dren to pro­gram­ming and cod­ing tech­niques in a cre­ative set­ting.

Melville Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey said he was proud the City was in­vest­ing in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion and help­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions com­pete in an in­creas­ingly tech­no­log­i­cal world.

“Cur­rent trends in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion have seen na­tional and state cur­ricu­lums com­bin­ing the cre­ativ­ity of the arts and the sciences,” he said.

“Pri­mary school teach­ers have ex­pressed their de­sire for kids to use cre­ative cod­ing pro­grams in the class­room.

“Our li­braries iden­ti­fied this gap and acted to pro­vide free 24/7 ac­cess for li­brary mem­bers to two brand-new on­line cod­ing re­sources.

“Rain­for­est Cod­ing is lo­cated on the beau­ti­ful Echo Is­land, when things turn ugly for the sci­en­tists liv­ing there when it is sud­denly at­tacked by hun­dreds of evil robots.

“SwopBots is a game about brother and sis­ter Loop and Switch and their SwopBot ro­bot friends who come crash­ing down on an alien planet.

“Chil­dren will need to use prob­lem-solv­ing and cod­ing tech­niques to help them re­pair their ship and get off the planet in one piece.

Visit www.melvil­lecity. com.au/kid­scod­ing

Is­abelle Mon­aghan plays Rain­for­est Cod­ing at Civic Square Li­brary.

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