Partners in Technology Mentorship Website

This site shares all of the resources and guidelines that Normal Public Library uses to run a mentorship program that pairs youth with an adult mentor who has experience in technology.
Partners in Technology pairs children ages 10-14 years old with an adult mentor from the community with experience in a technology field or area of study. Partners meet at the library weekly for 1 hour sessions over the course of 8 weeks. Meeting times are chosen based on mentor and participant availability. During these sessions, partners explore coding, robotic, and circuitry/hardware concepts using a variety of free, open-source online and physical resources. The comprehensive program plan is valuable to library staff with and without computer science or computational thinking experience. Although the original intent of the program was to pair adult mentors and youth, the lessons could be adapted to be led by library staff as well.
Audience: 
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
Learner Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Facilitator Type: 
Library staff member
Community member
Facilitator Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
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: 
Digital media
Making
Program Type & Frequency: 
In school time
Out of school time
Ongoing sessions
Requirements: 
Technology required
No cost
Ready to Code Pathway Connection: 
Community engagement
Resource Type: 
Professional development
Website
Group size: 
Small (< 10)
Point of Contact: 
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