Computer programming, or coding, is a skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. Mukwonago Community Library is stepping up to help everyone learn the basics of coding – preschoolers, elementary school kids, teens, working adults, and retirees.
What does MCL have to offer?
In addition to laptop computers and Chromebooks, the library has several Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits. These are essentially very small computer systems that can plug into a computer monitor or TV, and can use other peripherals like a mouse and keyboard. They are surprisingly capable devices that enable people of all ages to explore computing and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.
We also have several robots that can be used to make learning coding tons of fun:
- Ozobots: Tiny robots that make beginning code learning a blast.
- Wonder Workshop’s Dot, Dash, and Cue: Robots designed for kids who have an interest in coding and transitioning from block-based code to state-machine and text-based programming.
- Sphero: A spherical robot that you control, drive and code with an app on your iOS or Android device.
How can I use all these great tools?
There are three ways to access the coding and programming tools MCL offers:
- Through a library-led program. Be sure to checkout our online calendar for upcoming programs.
- By making a reservation in MetaSpace 511. Visit or call the Information Desk at (262) 363-6411 to schedule your time slot and sign a user agreement. You can use any of the coding tools we have in the library.
- Check out a STEAM Kit! Did you know you can check out a STEAM kit containing some of the amazing items in our coding and programming collection and take them home with you?