TATURA LIBRARY INTRODUCES NEW CODING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Tatura Library tried a hand at coding last week, introducing children from ages five to seven to the program ScratchJr.
ScratchJr is a visual programming language designed to introduce coding skills to young children to learn and think creatively and reason systematically.
Library co-ordinator Kerrie Douglas said the program was putting in very basic, small instructions and making a program that would run.
‘‘In the early stages I’m guessing not many of them will know what ScratchJr is and when they become more accomplished at it they can steam ahead,’’ Ms Douglas said.
She said the program caters for five children to attend at one time and the use of library iPads.
‘‘They are building programs and I can go around one on one and offer instructions and give more attention,’’ Ms Douglas said.
She said last week was the first time the program had been tried out at the Tatura branch.
‘‘We will see how well it goes and it would be good to look down the track at offering it on a regular basis,’’ Ms Douglas said.
She said five activities were on offer to introduce children to the program through different steps.
‘‘Just to give them an idea of what can be done and where it can go. It can get more complex if that’s what they choose also,’’ Ms Douglas said. ● For more information, go to www.gvlibraries.com.au
New language: Sisters Leasil, 12, Portia, 8, and Kaitlyn Bowman, 10, enjoyed the junior coding program at the Tatura Library last week.