Terrel, NC – To help young people understand the principles and applications of technology, the Catawba County Library is offering a series of computer coding classes focused on video game design. The classes take place every Wednesday through August 7 at 12:30 pm at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library (9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell, NC 28682).

Intended to help young people feel more comfortable with the ways that computers ‘think’ and operate, the courses teach students how to write simple programs using standard principles. They are based on Google’s CS First and MIT’s Scratch technologies.

As participants learn basic video game coding concepts, they’ll tackle a new skill each week and create a distinct type of game. For example, they’ll code games that involve racing competitors, mazes, characters who jump from platform to platform, and figures who embark on quests.

Throughout the series, participants will be able to create cool games to share with friends and play at home. Better yet, they’ll gain a new type of literacy and build skills in creative thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and communications.

The series is recommended for rising 6th graders and up. For details, call 828.466.6827.

For more information about Summer Learning programs or the Catawba County Libraries, visit www.catawbacountync.gov/library, call 828.465.8664, email [email protected], or visit them on Facebook.