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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.
    Resource Type:
    Professional development, Tutorial, Website
  • This article serves as a guide to what Finland is doing to innovate their curriculum and prepare their students for a changing world.
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    Books & magazines, Professional development
  • 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.
    Resource Type:
    Ready to Code examples
  • A variety of tools library staff can use to begin implementing activities to help understand community needs.
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    Strategies, Professional development
  • Introduce youth to computational thinking concepts or supplement other coding activities with this computer-based escape room activity that includes a variety of puzzles to engage participants.
    Resource Type:
    Lesson plans & activities, Website
  • Workforce development conversations and concerns about the readiness of today’s students for tomorrow’s IT field often focus on schools. Libraries, however, can play a vital role in connecting youth to computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) opportunities and connections for learning across time and place. How can libraries establish their role as an anchor and broker in the community for youth CT learning?
    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Ready to Code examples
  • Engaging, video-based lessons that teach digital skills through immediate, real-life applications and project-based curriculum.
    Resource Type:
    Lesson plans & activities
  • Developed by the Creative Communities Research Group at the University of Colorado Boulder, Family Creative Learning is a workshop series that engages children and their parents to learn together — as designers and inventors — through the use of creative technologies.
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    Lesson plans & activities, Professional development
  • 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
  • This report focused on implementation of connected learning in libraries, does an excellent job of explaining what connected learning is and why and how it is beneficial for libraries to integrate connected learning ideas into their programs and services for youth and families.
    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Professional development
  • A full set of materials used to set up a teen coding camp, including a volunteer recruitment letter, a set of five lesson plans.
    Resource Type:
    Facilitator & mentor recruitment, Lesson plans & activities
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