Hour of Code

Franklin Avenue Library 5000 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA

At this free, family-friendly Hour of Code event, we welcome all individuals ages 8+ to receive an introductory experience to coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Kids will choose themes of Minecraft, Moana or Star Wars for their hands-on project as they watch video-based tutorials, complete coding objectives, and learn basic coding […]

Free

Ready Set Robot!

Franklin Avenue Library 5000 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA

Ready Set Robot is an introductory enrichment experience for youth ages 8+ to freely explore and learn about robotics. At this fun, hands-on workshop, students receive a brief overview of robotics and then spend time programming age-appropriate robots in a safe and supportive environment. No prior experience is needed but familiarity with a computer keyboard […]

Free

Hour of Code

Clive Public Library 1900 NW 114th St, Clive, IA

At this free, family-friendly Hour of Code event, we welcome all individuals ages 6+ to receive an introductory experience to coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Youth will choose themes of Minecraft, Moana or Star Wars for their hands-on project as they watch video-based tutorials, complete coding objectives, and learn basic coding […]

Free

Inventing with Makey Makey

Franklin Avenue Library 5000 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA

By connecting everyday objects to computer programs, Makey Makey electronic boards enable anyone to become an inventor. At this workshop for youth ages twelve and above, students will have fun making interactive projects like playing musical notes when touching fruit. All equipment is provided and registration is required.

Free

Hour of Code™: An Introduction to Coding

Valley Community Center 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA

Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. At this free, family-friendly workshop, we welcome all individuals age 6 and above to receive an introductory experience to coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Students will choose themes of Angry […]

Free

Ready. Set. Robot! An Introduction to Robotics

Valley Community Center 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA

While many of us cringe at the thought of self-driving cars, the reality of robots is upon us. From applications in agriculture and manufacturing to healthcare, military and public safety, robots are used in many industries and the applications aren’t slowing down. There is no question the next generation will be a big part of […]

Free

TechTime Workshop: Create a Ghost-Catching Game in Scratch

Virtual via Altoona Public Library

Get ready for Halloween by creating your own clicker game to catch ghosts! In this fun, hands-on virtual workshop, students ages 10 to 15 will learn the basics of coding using the block-based programming language, Scratch. Students will follow instructions to create the game and learn basic coding concepts of sequencing, repetition, events, randomness and […]

Free

TechTime Workshop: Introduction to Coding with Scratch

Virtual via Altoona Public Library

Scratch is a great way for students to learn introductory coding. Not only is Scratch fun, but by using blocks and graphics, emphasis is placed on learning coding fundamentals rather than worrying about the syntax of a text-based computer programming language. Scratch uses blocks of code that are placed together to create programs and manipulate […]

Free

TechTime Workshop: Code a Robot to Play Rock-Paper-Scissors

Virtual via Altoona Public Library

In this fun, hands-on and virtual introductory robotics workshop, students ages 10 to 15 will learn the basics about robots. Students will receive a brief overview of robotics and then spend time coding a robot to play the rock-paper-scissors game. Students will learn basic coding constructs such as event handlers, variables, conditionals and randomness while […]

Free