Learn coding basics through play at our Headlands Branch

Kids can play with robots and learn the basics of coding during a special program at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at our Headlands Branch.

Children will “train” pocket-sized droids called Ozobots. Here’s how it works:

First, the kids create a path for the robots using different colors and lines. Then, the Ozobots use their optical sensors to read the path and interpret it as commands.

This sort of input-output training is the same process that people use when coding. So when children play with Ozobots, they learn the logic and language of coding.

The program is free, fun and open to all kids from nine to 12 years old. They can sign up on our website or by calling our Headlands Branch at (440) 257-2000.

By the way, your kids can still play with our Ozobots even if they can’t make it to the program. The droids are just one of several STEAM kits that children can play with at our Main Branch.

(For those unfamiliar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.)

The kits allow children to experiment with magnetism and electricity, complete circuits, build a motor, telegraph, radio or compass, and much more.

Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.

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