Coding for Kids Now Available Through Libraries

City of Melville Libraries are excited to be the first Local Government in Western Australia to offer free Coding for Kids programs; Rainforest Coding and SwopBots to primary school aged children.

Introducing primary school aged children to programming through Scratch coding techniques, helps to increase skills under the STEM umbrella, a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said he was proud the City of Melville would be leading WA by investing in primary education and increasing our future generations opportunities to compete in an ever increasing technological world.

“Current trends in primary education have seen national and state curriculums combining the creativity of the Arts and the Sciences. Primary school teachers have expressed their desire for kids to use creative coding programs in the classroom.” Mayor Aubrey said.

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

“Librarians tell me that both programs have a fantastic storyline. 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.

“I can’t say I have played the coding games yet. I’m waiting for my five year old granddaughter to show me the ropes and teach me the basics” said Mayor Aubrey.

For more information and to access these free resources have your City of Melville library card ready and visit www.melvillecity.com.au/kidscoding. If you are not currently a City of Melville library member, apply online and come in to your nearest library to redeem your card.

The Escapade School Holiday program includes free Coding for Kids sessions at local libraries during the September school holidays, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/escapade for more information and to register.