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Learn about computers by unplugging at Williamsburg Library

Dr. Tim Bell. (Courtesy CS Unplugged.)
Dr. Tim Bell will teach Williamsburg kids about how computers work in a Computer Science Unplugged program this month. (Courtesy CS Unplugged.)

Next weekend, Williamsburg-area children can learn all about how computers work without actually logging in to one.

Kids aged seven to 14 can attend a computational-science learning session named Computer Science Unplugged, according to a press release from CS Unplugged.

The 50-minute program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Williamsburg Library Theater on Saturday, Feb. 17.

CS Unplugged allows children to participate in free activities that teach computer basics. Kids learn through magic tricks, stories, activities and low-tech games. Children are also introduced to concepts such as algorithms, data compression, binary numbers and more.

The program will be hosted by Dr. Tim Bell of Canterbury University in New Zealand. Bell is the 2018 winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education Award.

CS Unplugged has been performed in schools, museums and science festivals for more than 20 years.

The program will be followed by a short presentation on Virginia’s standards for computer- science education and a Q&A for participants and their parents and educators.

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