Local students learn about coding at Vernon library

Coding is for kids - literally

What better way to learn about the science of coding than using a Hollywood star.

An actual star from the biggest movie franchise in the world was not at the Vernon library Friday, but its likeness was.

Small, robotic versions of BB-8 from the most recent Star Wars trilogy were being used to teach kids eight to 12 years old about coding.

On hand to help the elementary students were members of The Geek Squad.

“This is what we call the Geek Squad Academy, said Ashley Greenwood, general manager of the Vernon Best Buy. “We teach kids of all age groups, this class specifically about robotics and the basics of coding, which, surprisingly, a lot of kids are learning in school these days.”

The students used blue tape on the carpet as a maze for their own BB-8 to navigate.

“They started off by running a digital program on an i-Pad to learn the basics of block coding and how that works,” said Greenwood.

From there the BB-8s are programmed to work their way through the maze.

The program is through Best Buy and Greenwood said the company holds the Geek Squad Academies all over the country.

More information on events at the local library can be found online.

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