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Monday, April 24, 2017

Become a Techy!

Welcome back for another look at our fantastic Simply Science Kits.  I left you a clue last week about the topic.  This week we are going to look at some of the great technology options we have to offer.  Learning how to code has been creeping down to younger and younger ages.  For those of you who don't know what coding is, here is the dictionary definition:

Digital Technology:
 1.  a set of symbols that can be interpreted by a computer or a piece of software:  binary code; Java code; ASCII code.
2.  the symbolic arrangement of statements or instructions in a computer program, or the set of instructions in such a program.

This code you are reading write know has code running behind it.  With all the technology we currently use, this is an important area to learn more about as the jobs of the future are still not created but you can be assured they will be technology based.

Coding has gone all the way down to the preschool level.  Bee-Bot is a robot where children learn how to sequence, estimate and problem-solve while having fun.  Kids can send Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right with its directional keys using up to 40 commands.  Press the green GO button and Bee-Bot starts on its way.  It then blinks and beeps when it finished with each command to allow children to follow Bee-Bot through the program they have entered.  When it has run through all the commands, Bee-Bot lights up and makes a sound.  Use the friendly command cards and curriculum to program Bee-Bot.  It even comes with a mat that you can try to program Bee-Bot to move around on.  It's super fun, but be careful - it's not as easy as it looks!

 Ozobots are good for children ages 8 and up.  It's easy to program these little bots as you simply draw lines and color segments for the Ozobot to follow.  There is even an app where you can set up codes to make the Ozobot dance!  Some of our library friends had fun writing codes at our science kit open house!

We can't forget about teens.  Arduino is a bit more sophisticated coding system.  With Arduino you can make 15 projects using basic electronic components.  Create a musical instrument you play by waving your hands.  Design a Knock Lock where you tap out the Secret Code to open the door.  The kit comes with Sylvia's Super Awesome Project Book for more amazing ideas.

You know we've been getting questions on whether adults can check out these kits.  Are you crazy?  Of course you can!  The library staff had so much fun playing and creating with these kits before we announced them to the public that we highly encourage it.  

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