The stereotypical computer scientist or engineer is frequently still an image that does not resonate with a large portion of the diverse youth in our country. Young people need to see themselves reflected in these communities and careers. How can libraries change the perception of who should participate in computing and technology-based educational opportunities and careers?
A list of informational resources, tips, and talking points curated specifically for libraries by the National Center for Women & Information Technology to broaden participation in computing.
Hanging Out, Messing Around & Geeking Out (HOMAGO) is an experiential learning theory about how youth learn in new social and media environments. This Guidebook explains what it is, why it is important, how to document it, and the role of adults/mentors in the space.
Video host Cathleen Clifford sits down with Groton (Conn.) Public Library Librarian Emily Sheehan and Teen Services Librarian Jessa Franco to discuss how they are using the Libraries Ready to Code grant to teach coding skills to teens in their Hacker Club, who then teach those skills to younger students.
An overview of what computational thinking (CT) is and why it is important for libraries to add computational thinking activities to services for all ages.
Self-paced lessons to guide students from basic to advanced LEDs, through ultrasonic sensors, and motors in this intro to electricity and engineering using Arduino.
Maryvale High School (AZ) has approximately 3000 students, 91% of whom are Hispanic/Latinx. 86% of students are eligible for subsidized lunch. Although we offer computer science (CS) AP classes, only about 5% of students take these courses. How can we ensure that more of our students have exposure to and opportunities for computational thinking (CT)?
TECHNOLOchicas shares the powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds who are in technology fields so girls can see and relate to real-life role models.
Helpful resources for learning about computational thinking, including many activities to teach elementary school students computational thinking concepts.
In this 2.5 minute video, see how Heritage High School (Newport News, Va.) librarian Melanie Toran and the students she works with are combining music and coding to gain computational thinking literacies.