Connecting to youth interests helps encourage underrepresented young people to consider STEM careers

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?

Learn more about the strategies library staff used to address this challenge.

Audience: 
Middle school (6-8)
English language learners
Youth of color
Lower income communities
Learner Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Facilitator Type: 
Library staff member
Community member
Facilitator Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Type of Library: 
Public
School
Tribal
Special
Library Location Type: 
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Size: 
Very small (< 300 students, < 10k population)
Small (< 500 students, < 24k population)
Medium (< 750 students, < 99k population)
Large (< 1000 students, < 500k population)
Very large (1000+ students, 500k+ population)
Topic: 
Design thinking
Making
Block-based programming
Program Type & Frequency: 
In school time
Out of school time
Ongoing sessions
One time session
Requirements: 
Technology not required
No cost
Ready to Code Pathway Connection: 
Connecting youth interests & youth voice
Broadening participation
Resource Type: 
Strategies
Ready to Code examples
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