Countdown to Coding is an online tutorial designed to help library staff and other caregivers understand basic computer science concepts and learn to integrate these concepts into regular storytime and playtime. The entire course take about 1 hour to complete. At the end of the tutorial, participants should feel comfortable describing five basic computer science concepts to families, selecting books that reinforce each concept, and engaging children with activities that help them learn about computer science.
Coding is a new literacy standard that today’s young children will encounter when they reach school. Libraries and childcare centers have the opportunity to help lay the foundation for understanding fundamental computer science concepts, just as they lay the foundation for reading by introducing early literacy skills.
NOTE: Countdown to Coding is on the ICfL Niche Academy platform. You will need to create a free account on Niche Academy to access to course.
Thank you to the Idaho STEM Action Center for funding the creation of these learning modules.