Providing computational thinking (CT) learning opportunities for youth in communities with limited resources and where broadband internet access is not readily available

For many libraries, access to high-speed internet and computers are barriers to connecting to web-based computational environments and even allowing multiple users to use simple websites or play how-to videos. Broadband internet access is an urban and rural problem with a disproportionate impact on African American and Latino communities. How can library staff provide opportunities for youth to engage in CT opportunities when access to hardware and broadband is limited?

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

Audience: 
Preschool
Lower elementary (K-2)
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
Rural 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: 
Unplugged
Robotics
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: 
Family engagement
Connecting youth interests & youth voice
Resource Type: 
Strategies
Ready to Code examples
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