A report from Google about unconscious biases of educators, administrators, and students that can contribute to the persistence of underrepresentation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in CS and STEM more generally.
A series of questions that youth and adults can ask each other as they get to know each other at the start of a computational thinking activity. The questions start with basic information and move into learning about technology interest and experience.
This worksheet and logic model example helps library staff think about what the goals are of a computational thinking literacy activity and what's required in order to succeed in achieving those goals.
All of the information needed to organize and facilitate a library activity focused on learning how to use Spheros robots. Includes information on setup and equipment needed, details on each of the components of the activity, and an overview of how Spheros robots work.
Great springboard into unplugged activities and ways to think about coding outside of the computer.
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?
How can libraries increase access to coding education, especially for potential patrons who were previously underserved by library programs? Julianne Wise, Rochester International Academy (RIA) librarian, and Sarah Ryan, Montessori Academy librarian, teamed up to develop strategies that address this question.
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.
A research report from Google that identifies factors that influence whether or not young women decide to pursue a Computer Science degree, highlighting that anyone can help increase female participation in CS, regardless of their technical abilities or background.
An example of a promotional flyer used by the CODE Lab program at Homer Public Library (AK) designed to encourage middle school youth participation.