Libraries Ready to Code Minigrant

Libraries Ready to Code Minigrant: Celebrate CS Education Week

In advance of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual event to get students excited about coding, ALA will be awarding $300 mini-grants to school and public libraries that facilitate a program for youth during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2019, using Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity. This year, youth can use their imagination to turn a real-life hero into a superhero using code. Code Your Hero is an activity that honors the everyday heroes in our students’ lives who use their powers to better their communities..
 
Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and coding among our nation’s youth.  
 
Get started with the CS First Hour of Code activity and then check out the strategies and resources in the Ready to Code Collection to plan what you’ll do next. Hour of Code is a great way to dip your toes into the world of coding and computational thinking. Build on the excitement and Hour of Code community to develop your own computational thinking programs with the Collection website to stay engaged year round!


How To Receive a $300 Ready to Code Mini-Grant

Step 1: Apply by Nov 18th

 
Step 2: Receive Pre-Approval

  • All submitted applications will be notified by November 22 if they are pre-approved to receive a $300 mini-grant. Awards will be made pending the submission of your recap of the event.
  • Please see Eligibility, Selection, and Priority below for guidelines regarding how grantees will be selected. Checks will be issued to your library.
  • Should more than 450 eligible libraries apply, priority will be given to programs that anticipate reaching larger percentages of their service area (based on estimated number of participants in Hour of Code activity and youth served in 2018). Only one mini-grant per library system will be awarded. Library systems may select which branch or branches can receive funding based on general eligibility requirements.

 
Step 3: Host Your Activities before, during, and after CS Ed Week Dec. 9-15

  • Review the digital lesson plans and materials for educators here.
  • Run your own Hour of Code activity including Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity sometime between Nov. 22 and Dec. 22. No computer science or coding experience is necessary!
  • Run at least one more CS First Hour of Code activity during CS Ed Week: December 9-15. It can be Code Your Hero or a different lesson from CS First (e.g., An Unusual Discovery).
  • Each time, share a video, photos, and tweets using #ReadyToCode, #CSFirst, #CodeYourHero, @googleforedu and @alalibrary.

 
Step 4: Submit Your Recap by Dec. 17th to Receive Funding  

  • Funding will be disbursed to the library following CSEdWeek libraries submit a brief recap that includes a summary (150 word max) of the activity, the number of youth that participated, and other brief measures which will be included in your pre-selection notification.  
  • Don’t forget to submit any photos, videos, or podcasts you create too!
  • Once your summary is submitted, it will be reviewed, and your award will be processed and sent by Jan. 31. All funds will be sent to the library.

 

Eligibility, Selection, and Priority

School and public libraries that meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Host a computer science education program using Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity during CS Ed Week (Dec. 9-15)
  • Offer the program free of cost (including deposits) for youth and/or families to participate

 
Should more than 450 eligible libraries apply, priority will be given to programs that anticipate reaching larger numbers of youth or percentages of their service area (based on estimated number of participants in Hour of Code activity). Only one mini-grant per library system will be awarded. Library systems may select which branch or branches can receive funding based on general eligibility requirements.

 

Important dates

  • November 4: Application window opens
  • November 18: Application window closes
  • November 22: Libraries are notified of the awards
  • November 25- December 22 Hour of Code activities take place
  • December 9-15: CS Education Week activities take place
  • January 6: Deadline for submitting activity recap and data
  • January 7-13: Recap submissions will be reviewed for completeness
  • February 1: Mini-grant disbursement is completed
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