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.
The Ready to Code Facilitation Pathway lays out key themes critical to facilitating learning for youth. From starting out with computational thinking (CT) activities to advocating for it in library services, these themes will help library staff understand and frame what it takes to build computational thinking into their programs and services.
Extra-curricular learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are critical for young learners, often influencing future learning pathways. However, it is difficult to retain youth interest and engagement in voluntary programming, especially in middle and high school years when there is more choice and competing uses of time. How can I keep youth engaged?
Library staff frequently question why they should integrate computational thinking (CT) literacy into the activities they provide with and for youth and families. Many have never heard the term before, are anxious about computers and technology in general, and/or may consider it another fad they are being asked to address. How can library staff gain deeper understanding of CT and comfort bringing CT literacy to the activities they provide for and with youth and families?
Science Journal transforms a device into a pocket-size science tool that encourages students to explore their world. As they conduct eye-opening experiments, they’ll record observations and make new, exciting discoveries.
From graphic novel superstar Gene Luen Yang comes an entertaining book series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a mystery-centered plot.
Susan P. Baier, Director of McCracken County Public Library, writes about community engagement as a key focus of Ready to Code and how her library made this a priority as they designed and facilitated coding classes for youth. Increased engagement leads to increased understanding and support for the project and achieves buy-in from staff, library administration and the community as a whole.
An example of a recruitment flyer designed to encourage participation from underrepresented groups in coding opportunities.
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.