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New colourfully cute robots at Coquitlam library to educate children on coding

By: Kyle Balzer, Tri City News

They're small and brilliantly bright — inside and out.

Tangiplay robots will soon be welcomed as the latest technological addition to the shelves of the Coquitlam Public Library (CPL), aimed to help young children learn coding and problem-solving.

According to the creators of the 12 robots, kids control the Tangiplays to play games and solve puzzles by pressing, sliding or rotating them on a tablet.

By doing so, this is set to create a code for "a unique response" in the game.

"[Tangiplays are a] fun and challenging way to learn coding for those 4 to 12 (though even those over 40 find it challenging)," Melani Williams, CPL collections and technical services supervisor, describes in a news release.

"The sturdy silicon robots, colourful graphics and changing landscapes help kids (and adults) learn through exploration and creating their own unique stories."

The CPL hopes the red, yellow, green, blue and purple 'bots can inspire creative thinking in young minds that choose to use them.

The robots are scheduled to call the library home in September, as well as Makey-Makeys, which are invention kits set to teach kids about electrical signals.

Each kit includes a circuit board, alligator clips, a USB cable and everyday objects.

The Coquitlam Public Library also recently introduced immersive reality books to its technology collection that cardholders can sign out.

For more information, you're encouraged to visit the library's website.
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