Want Your Kids to Learn Coding? Start by Unplugging the Computer

Great springboard into unplugged activities and ways to think about coding outside of the computer.

The article provides resources and links to introduce youth to what coding looks like while also improving their computational thinking skills. It suggests starting with some different board games and printable games to introduce coding concepts. The suggestions in this resource were used in a technology mentoring program. Pairs of youth and their mentors started with some of these games to help to introduce concepts and get kids ready to problem solve.

Audience: 
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
Learner Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Facilitator Type: 
Library staff member
Facilitator Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Type of Library: 
Public
School
Tribal
Special
Library Location Type: 
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Size: 
Very small (< 300 students, < 10k population)
Small (< 500 students, < 24k population)
Medium (< 750 students, < 99k population)
Large (< 1000 students, < 500k population)
Very large (1000+ students, 500k+ population)
Topic: 
Unplugged
Program Type & Frequency: 
One time session
Requirements: 
Technology not required
No cost
Resource Type: 
Books & magazines
Professional development
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