The Cobb County Public Library System is promoting Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 7-13, with Hour of Code events for students and adults.
Hour of Code 2015 programs at Cobb libraries are part of a global campaign introducing basic computer science to tens of millions of people with hour-long tutorials. Free Hour of Code programs are scheduled for the South Cobb Regional, Powder Springs, and Stratton libraries during CSEdWeek.
The Hour of Code events are a chance for the public to explore the digital and print resources and training on computer science offered by the library system, said Shannon Tyner, Virtual Librarian. Tyner is leading the team preparing for the third year of the popular Cobb GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science summertime workshop series for young women ages 13-18 at Cobb libraries.
“Coding at the library is much more than a fun activity,” Tyner said. “Initiatives like Hour of Code and GEMS are about encouraging people in Cobb from all backgrounds to be creative and develop problem-solving and technical skills for exciting career opportunities.”
The Hour of Code lineup at Cobb libraries includes:
Powder Springs Library: Fun Filled Hour of Code on Monday, December 7, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. One hour of instructor-led tutorial of basic computer coding using library laptops. Parents are invited to participate with their children ages 8 and up. Sign-up is required. (770) 439-3600.
South Cobb Regional Library: State Representative Erica Thomas and Ashley Nealy, the “IT Girl” of Mindly Maven, are partnering with the library for the South Cobb Codes initiative supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the South Cobb community. Upcoming events include Wired Wednesday Hour of Code for adults on Wednesday, December 9, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Cookies & Code on Saturday, December 12, noon to 1 p.m., an all-ages event for students and their parents to code while enjoying cookies. Please bring your laptop or tablet to join in the fun at the two events. (678) 398-5828.
Stratton Library: Hour of Code on Saturday, December 12, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants ages 13-18 will develop their own game using Flappy Basic Block Code. (770) 528-2522.