Every Week is Teen Tech Week at the Library

Last week, Fairfax County Public Library and many libraries across the country celebrated the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teen Tech Week. There were coding classes, robot and 3-D printer demonstrations, a Sphero robot obstacle course and even mini drone quidditch. If you missed the fun last week, don’t worry. There are tech events happening year round. Check out the library’s Maker Events, or drop by the library's booth at the 4th annual Nova Maker Faire in Reston on March 19, 2017.

If you can't make it to an event, check out one of these books to get started on your own tech projects, from coding games and websites to building robots.

Beginners can get an introduction to Minecraft and Lego coding, Python and several other coding languages with the Kids Can Code series by Patricia Harris or the Kids Get Coding series by Heather Lyons.

Learn all things Scratch, from the basics to creating your own games with Coding Projects in Scratch or Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock.  

Is Scratch too easy for you? Take it up a notch and dig into HTML, for creating web sites, and JavaScript with Max Wainewright's How to Code.

And if hardware is your thing, try building your own gizmos, machines and simple robots using Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri or The Robot Book by Bobby Mercer.

--Rebecca Molineaux, Kings Park Library

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