An eye-opening fact in this ever more digital, gigabit-driven age: There currently are five available jobs for every person in Kansas City who knows how to code.
Acknowledging that cultural and communication shift - and its acceleration with the spread of ultra-high-speed Google Fiber internet service - the Kansas City Public Library is offering a series of digital learning activities geared to youth, parents, and educators on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Children's Library and throughout the second floor of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., it commemorates Digital Learning Day and complements the Library's daylong discussion and collaboration session, Building the Gigabit City 2.0.
The event is underwritten by a recent grant from the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund, which assists area nonprofit organizations in providing computer access or educating residents about computers and the internet.
Learning activities will range from coding to geocaching to digital storytelling. Offerings include a CoderDojo coding session hosted by Women in Technology, Microsoft Store training for Kodu (free software designed for game development), and Garmin-assisted geocaching - conducting a sort of GPS-guided scavenger hunt.
Science City will provide magnetic Arduino building kids. The Library will engage in digital storytelling, using iPads to trigger youthful imaginations.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.