Friday, April 03, 2020

Explore computer science with free coding activities from Girls Who Code, one of the Arlington Public Library’s educational partners. Girls Who Code’s activities are available for instant download for anyone who wants to try something new! The challenges feature a range of difficulty levels, from activities for absolute beginners to experienced coders, so they are a great introduction to computer science. 

What does a computer scientist do? A computer scientist writes the code or instructions a computer follows to perform a task. Studying computer science and coding builds the skills to design websites, analyze programs, develop software, and maybe even make your own videogame.  

Try out some of these skills with GWC’s free activities. These fun and educational challenges feature online and offline options. Pick one to do on a computer or device, or take a screentime break with an unplugged activity. Girls Who Code is releasing new activities weekly. 

Click here to explore coding challenges. 

As part of Arlington’s commitment to supporting young learners, the Arlington Public Library has offered GWC workshops since 2016. Girls Who Code works to enable girls and young women to be successful in computer science and engineering, and program participants go on to study computer science or related fields at a rate 15 times higher than the national average. The online challenges are available for everyone, not just girls! 

Be on the lookout for more GWC classes this fall. The Arlington Public Library’s afterschool club for elementary school students will build 21st century skills such as analytic reasoning, problem solving and teamwork—essential skills needed to succeed in every workplace. In the meantime,  

In the meantime, try the free coding activities available now through Girls Who Code.