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.
This local news story shares Ready to Code's vision and programming from Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska.
An example of a promotional flyer used by the CODE Lab program at Homer Public Library (AK) designed to encourage middle school youth participation.
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.
This local news story shares a Ready to Code program for girls at Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska.
A promotional flyer for a series of computational thinking programs at Waseca Public Library (MN) designed to emphasize choice and breadth of experiences.