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Moose Lake media center receives funding for youth coding programs

 

December 13, 2018



Moose Lake Community School's library/media center announced recently that they have received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December 3-9) and beyond. Moose Lake Community School is one of only 250 schools and public libraries around the country to receive this funding from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google.

Media Specialist Mary DeYoung said, “My students are very excited to start learning to code!”

This event will give our students the opportunity to explore coding and computer science and become more aware of computer science as a career option.

“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include Moose Lake Community School Library Media Center in our CS Ed Week activities this year. We hope these libraries will join the growing number of libraries excited to offer CS programs that help youth create, problem solve, and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in their future careers.”

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo added, “We hope this microlending will not only generate enthusiasm for CS Ed Week, but spark year-round programming to develop critical thinking and digital skills youth can draw on over a lifetime.”

The 250 libraries selected for CS Ed Week funding will each host activities based on Google’s free CS First curriculum, which uses video-based instruction to introduce CS to kids through block-based coding. Libraries will pursue projects that reflect Ready to Code themes critical for advancing youth learning, especially for building computational thinking literacies. The Ready to Code team estimates that the CS Ed Week funding will support more than 60,000 youth all around the country taking part in coding activities throughout the week.

The third through sixth graders are logged on and into CSFirst and Scratch and will be working on animating their name or an art project December 3-7. Many of the students are really excited about this opportunity to start learning to code!

 

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