Math & coding with our STEAM kids

Kids learned the basics of coding by playing a game with Star Wars' BB-8.

Kids learned the basics of coding by playing a game with Star Wars’ BB-8.

Our STEAM kids learned basic coding and mathematical skills by playing games—all kinds of games.

They practiced their arithmetic with scavenger hunts and trashketball (a combination of math and trash-can basketball.)

They learned coding with some help from Star Wars’ BB-8 and practiced math skills at Math Playground, a neat site where kids can play and learn at different levels.

We played all these games for two reasons:

  1. We want kids to know that math can be fun and used in many aspects of their lives.
  2. There are lots of ways to learn math, and kids can find the way that makes sense for them.

We also wanted the children to see that learning coding isn’t that different (or more difficult) than any other mathematical skill.

Santosh Akilesh uses one of our laptops to visit Math Playground.

Santosh Akilesh uses one of our laptops to visit Math Playground.

We had a lot of fun during our STEAM series.

We learned about fluorescence by paintingflew enormous paper airplanesmade stop-motion videos and experimented with candy.

And, while our series may be over, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Teams sharpen their arithmetical skills with a game of trashketball.

Teams sharpen their arithmetical skills with a game of trashketball.

 

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