Want to Learn to Create an App?

People spend hours in front of their computers, tablets and smart phones watching those birds and pigs flying around in that wildly popular app wondering what is the best way to win; but the real question is: “How do they do that?”  Wilton Library is now offering an afternoon of fun with Breaking Code: Create What’s Behind Angry Birds and Other Fun Apps – A One-Hour Entertaining Lesson in Coding, on Tuesday, Dec. 10 during Computer Science Education Week, a national movement to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The same one-hour coding session will be given throughout the afternoon of Dec. 10 for adults and children ages 6 and up, beginning with the first lesson from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by sessions at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. and the final gathering from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Each hour begins with the same short introduction to the online class.  People can bring their own personal devices such as tablets, smart phones, and laptops, or use the computers that will be set up by the library for this purpose. Participants will be able to go at their own speed moving quickly through each level, or take their time to try out the basics of computer science.

According to Elaine Tai-Lauria, Wilton Library’s executive director, “With the library’s drive to bring more comprehension of technology to all our constituents, these one-hour coding sessions seem like an excellent opportunity to initiate that process. In the months ahead, we’ll be introducing our new Maker Space area with 3-D printing that will be open to everyone; our teen Robotics Team is moving full-speed ahead with its project; and we’ll be providing more programs about mobile devices, apps and so much more.”

Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 – 15, 2013, is sponsored by Computing in the Core, a non-partisan advocacy coalition and Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. Susan Lauricella, head of Teen Services for Wilton Library, first brought the idea of participating in the national science week celebration to a core group at the library. She said, “We got a group of us together in the library and started looking at the ‘Hour of Code’ website. We were immediately hooked, both geeks and non-geeks among us.  We thought it was fun and it really jelled nicely with our mission of the library to inform, enrich, connect and inspire our community.”

Andrea Falkner, head of Children’s Library, added, “We really are encouraging people to come and share the experience together, whether it’s a child and parent, a group of friends or anyone with a curiosity to see what goes on behind the curtain of programming.”

Registration is highly recommended to ensure that the library has enough computers on hand for each specific hour.  In the registration link, attendees will be able to indicate whether they need a computer or if they are bringing their own devices.  For information, directions or to register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on “Events” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.  Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center.