National Coding Week inspires people to learn coding and other digital skills through face-to-face and online learning. In Hampshire, the initiative will see 330 pocket-sized computers, donated by the Micro:bit Foundation, made available to young Hampshire library members aged 11 and over, to borrow free of charge, for four-week periods.
The County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, said: “The great thing about these computers is that they can be used by complete beginners at home and in school, to teach basic coding. This might include learning how to light up the device’s red LED lights to flash messages, or even create computer games.
“We know from the popularity of our Code Clubs for young library members, that these important introductions to digital technology can be a launch pad to help them develop valuable, lifelong skills and support their future careers.
“National Coding Week is a fantastic opportunity for Hampshire libraries to showcase the growing range of digital equipment and technology now available for people to enjoy and learn from, in our libraries.”
Hampshire libraries now offer wide ranging IT and digital technology courses and activities including taster sessions, one to one sessions and HTML coding.
Other digital services available at Hampshire libraries include:
- ‘The Makery’ at Fareham and Fleet libraries – these spaces contain a host of digital equipment for people of all ages, including virtual reality, Lego Robotics, 3D printers and more. For more information, visit http://blogs.hants.gov.uk/libraries/the-makery-memberships/
- An iPad lending scheme to disadvantaged people to help tackle social isolation and improve digital literacy.
Micro:bits are available from the following Libraries and Discovery Centres: Alton; Aldershot; Alton; Andover; Basingstoke; Bordon; Bridgemary; Chandler’s Ford; Chineham; Eastleigh; Elson; Fareham; Farnborough; Fleet; Fordingbridge; Gosport; Havant; Hayling Island; Hedge End; Leigh Park; Lockswood; Lymington; New Milton; Petersfield, Portchester; Ringwood; Romsey; South Ham; Stubbington; Tadley; Totton; Waterlooville; Winchester; Yateley.
To borrow a micro:bit device, visit your nearest participating Hampshire library where you can sign up for a four-week loan, or make a reservation to do so.