Waseca Public Library To Kick Off New Coding Events with Hour of Code Activities

“I challenge girls in every single country to learn one Hour of Code.” –Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. That’s why kids are coming to Waseca Public Library to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10).

Kids ages 7-12 are invited to Coding Clubhouse, an open lab where kids get to decide what project they want to work on with our coding supplies. On December 4th from 3-5 pm, kids can work with friends or create something on their own using Bloxels and practice coding skills with the game Robot Turtles.  If kids need help, library staff will available to help. No registration is required.

At Minecraft Raspberry Pi, kids will use Python to manipulate the Minecraft Pi environment and build a Minecraft castle on Tuesday, December 5th at 6 pm at Waseca Public Library. The event is geared for ages 10-15 and registration is required.

All Waseca Public Library events are free.

The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event. offers hundreds of one-hour activities in over 48 languages for kindergarten and up all over the world. Activities require no experience and can be run on browsers, tablets, smart phones–some do not require any computer at all.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. Even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st-century success. The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first full week in December.

Events funded by American Library Association and sponsored by Google.

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