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  • Free, easy-to-use activities and curriculum introduce students ages 9-14 to computer science through themed projects that attract students with varied interests. Instructional videos guide students through each activity, so no coding experience is needed to teach!
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    Lesson plans & activities
  • This program is based on Google’s CS First Music & Sound club curriculum and has been customized by Homer (AK) Public Library for a week-long coding camp to introduced kids ages 8-11 to basic computer science concepts while they create digital music, sound and video. Library staff worked with a music educator to deliver the program content.
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    Lesson plans & activities
  • Two characters meet in a world and discover a surprising object. What happens next? It’s all up to students, who have the opportunity to use their imagination and creativity to code their own story.
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    Lesson plans & activities
  • This self-paced course helps educators learn about computational thinking and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas. Divided into five units, the course provides real world examples as well as supplemental readings to support your learning.
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    Professional development, Tutorial, Website
  • 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?
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    Strategies, Ready to Code examples
  • In this video Ak-Chin Indian Community (Maricopa, AZ) librarian Jeffrey Stoffer celebrates the accomplishments of students in their Libraries Ready to Code program, Game Hacker: Making, Fixing, Breaking. See how young people participating in Game Hacker are learning skills that will enable them to succeed in any future opportunity they pursue.
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    Ready to Code examples
  • Code Your World is a four-part challenge that teaches youth to apply CS to the world around them through hands-on activities - online and offline.
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    Lesson plans & activities
  • A variety of tools library staff can use to begin implementing activities to help understand community needs.
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    Strategies, Professional development
  • A promotional flyer for a series of computational thinking programs at Waseca Public Library (MN) designed to emphasize choice and breadth of experiences.
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    Youth recruitment
  • This worksheet allows preschoolers to practice sequencing and is easily adaptable to a variety of programs and needs.
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    Lesson plans & activities
  • An eight week program that will introduce youth to robotics and coding basics via Lego Mindstorm and Scratch.
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    Lesson plans & activities
  • Hanging Out, Messing Around & Geeking Out (HOMAGO) is an experiential learning theory about how youth learn in new social and media environments. This Guidebook explains what it is, why it is important, how to document it, and the role of adults/mentors in the space.
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    Books & magazines, Professional development
  • As libraries begin to fill the gap in educational opportunities for computational thinking (CT) activities and coding, it’s critical that staff are comfortable and confident taking on the facilitator role. In system-wide initiatives multiple staff at various branches with different levels of knowledge and comfort are coordinating CT programs. . How can staff be empowered to facilitate STEM content they are not confident about?
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    Strategies, Ready to Code examples
  • In this video Phoenix City Council Member Daniel Valenzuela interviews Maryvale High School Teach-Librarian Jean Kilker about her unique Ready to Code program. Kilker and Ready to Code project evaluator Caitlin Martin describe how high school students interested in early childhood development careers are learning the importance of computational thinking skills and then leading activities for early learners to develop those skills.
    Resource Type:
    Ready to Code examples
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