NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Norfolk students and parents are learning computer science together with the help of a $1.5 million federal grant.

This week the district is bringing together families, and educators together to learn how to code at the Slover Library.

John Pearce, director of, is also teaching them how to put on their own family code night.

"It's an event where K-5 kids and their parents come together at their elementary school or their library and they do their first hour of coding together," said Pearce.

A series of puzzles helps break down how to code.

Janice Clore, with the Tarrallton PTA, is learning with her son. Her fifth grade daughter has already started coding at school.

"She loves it, I love that they can get engaged and it's something that's exciting and hands on for them, that they can really then use in their lives," Clore said.

Norfolk is the pilot city for the initiative, school leaders hope it spreads across the Commonwealth.