Manitowoc Public Library offers Coding Camp for kids

Kids will get an educational edge by learning to code through fun games

The Manitowoc Public Library wants to help give kids an educational edge this summer by teaching them computer coding at Coding Camp. Space is limited and registration closes Friday, August 4. 

Youth Librarian Susie Menk stopped by Local 5 This Morning with Brittany Falkers to show off some of the fun games and tools kids will use during the two-week class to learn the basics of coding. 

"Coding is the language that tells computers what to do.  The children will learn what coding is, what it does and how to use it," Menk said.  "We will be using materials from a website called Code.org.  Since this class is for early learners we will be using pre-written codes and learning how to move lines of code, drop and drag them and repeat commands."

 Coding is something that has become part of our everyday lives. So, the Manitowoc Public Library wanted to bring that to kids in the area during the summer. 

"We learned about coding through some library conferences and because the Wisconsin Department of Instruction has begun a Coding Initiative.   We feel that coding is something that is important to children's education and this gives us an opportunity to offer a coding class to anyone interested.  Once this class is over, we will continue to offer coding opportunities with an after school Coding Club for grade schoolers and an Hour of Code for Teens," Menk said. 

With most kids out of school for the summer, now is the time to get kids coding.  It allows the library a chance to reach children who otherwise might not have the time or means to get to the library.  Summer is also the time when children hit a "slide".  Since they are not reading on a regular basis, children often go backward and then have to spend the first month or so at school playing "catch up", Menk said.

" Any kind of reading, problem-solving or critical thinking helps keep the brain active and keeps those reading skills up to speed.  Coding is also important since studies are showing that over 70% of jobs today require some type of computing.  Learning about code will help children when they make plans for their futures," Menk said. 

 Signing up is easy-just stop in at the Manitowoc Public Library and sign up at the Children's Desk.  You can also sign up by calling the Children's Department at (920)686-3030.    

The library is offering two sessions. One for eight to 10-year-olds and another for 10 to 12-year-olds. 

Coding camp class runs from Monday, August 7 through August 18 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Camp I will run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  and Camp II from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

Space is limited and registration ends Friday, August 4. 


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