Ready to Code school library connects coding to mentoring

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Belmar Elementary School (BES) started its first-ever computer science club, Coding Connects BES, which connected coding to mentoring. BES 4th-8th grade students attended a weekly coding club that focuses on their personal interests, including video game design, fashion and music.

This example of a Ready to Code library program includes strategies to engage youth in computing projects that spark their interests, including youth-driven activities and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Audience: 
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
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: 
School
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: 
Block-based programming
Robotics
Making
Program Type & Frequency: 
Out of school time
Ongoing sessions
Requirements: 
Technology not required
No cost
Ready to Code Pathway Connection: 
Connecting youth interests & youth voice
Resource Type: 
Ready to Code examples
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