City of Melville libraries will become first in WA to offer free coding programs for primary school children


Isabelle Monaghan plays Rainforest Coding at Civic Square Library.
Isabelle Monaghan plays Rainforest Coding at Civic Square Library.

CITY of Melville libraries will become the first in WA to offer free coding programs for primary school children.

Rainforest Coding and SwopBots are games that introduce children to programming and coding techniques in a creative setting.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said he was proud the City was investing in primary education and helping future generations compete in an increasingly technological world.

“Current trends in primary education have seen national and state curriculums combining the creativity of the arts and the sciences,” he said.

“Primary school teachers have expressed their desire for kids to use creative coding programs in the classroom.

“Our libraries identified this gap and acted to provide free 24/7 access for library members to two brand-new online coding resources.

“Rainforest Coding is located on the beautiful Echo Island, when things turn ugly for the scientists living there when it is suddenly attacked by hundreds of evil robots.

“SwopBots is a game about brother and sister Loop and Switch and their SwopBot robot friends who come crashing down on an alien planet.

“Children will need to use problem-solving and coding techniques to help them repair their ship and get off the planet in one piece.

Visit www.melvillecity.com.au/kidscoding.

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