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Create and Innovate at the Library!

Jobs in computer science are a key contributor to a successful workforce. By 2020, computer occupations are projected to add 3.4 million new jobs across the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to this, STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) make up nearly 1/5 of open jobs in Idaho, according to Idaho Department of Labor. To meet these growing demands, the City of Boise and the Boise Public Library have developed BoiseCodes – an innovative program that provides easily accessible opportunities to learn to code, explore STEM fields, and keep skills sharp.

BoiseCodes Goals:

  • Provide coding education for all ages and skillsets
  • Make Boise a competitive tech town
  • Build a digitally-literate workforce to fulfill current and future industry needs
  • Attract and retain new business and a skilled workforce
  • Support collaboration, growth and innovation between industry and community

Classes

Beginning Coders
From take-home Kano computer kits and Dash & Dot robots, to hands-on instruction and STEM activities at the Library, there are numerous opportunities to introduce markup and programming languages to aspiring coders.

Coding Enthusiasts
Enthusiasts can access online coding education through Lynda.com and Safari as well as take hands-on instruction and coding classes taught by both Library and outside experts.

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Child and father use a tablet computer to control small robots while library staff assist.

The friendly faces and voices of Dash and Dot robots get all ages excited about coding (and xylophones!). © Otto Kitsinger

Makerspace at the Boise Public Library

Tools

  • Virtual Reality
  • Laser-cutting
  • 3D printing

Resources

  • Free Study and Public Meeting Rooms
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, & PCs
  • Lynda.com & Tutor.com

By the Numbers

  • Robots in the Boise Public Library Collection: 121
  • Robots checked out (since March ’16): 3,530
  • Program attendees (in 2018): 14,000+

Danielle Worthy, a Librarian at Bown Crossing introduces seniors to new worlds at the Terraces Assisted Living Center.


Learn More about BoiseCodes

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BoiseCodes Partners

Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) | Boise Public Library Foundation | Trailhead | Boise State University: College of Innovation and Design | Boise CodeWorks | Treefort Music Festival - Hackfort