Published on March 16, 2016
1. Tech Camps at the Library Nicole C. Engard
2. Why Kids Should Code • Give kids a head start in coding because: • Proﬁciency and ﬂuency learned early on can help with problem solving and independent thinking • It’s the foundation and building block for all STEM • Early success is needed for strong algebra skills and higher level math & science classes
3. STEM Job Pay http://college.usatoday.com/2015/02/02/the-5-highest-paying-degrees-of-2015/
4. Careers in Software Dev http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm
5. STEM Job Increases http://www.ed.gov/stem
6. We Need More Experts • Demand is there, but supply is not • There were only 48,700 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2014. • In 2015, the coding bootcamp market was estimated to grow by 2.4x, to an estimated 16,056 graduates in 2015, up from 6,740 in 2014.
7. What Can We Do? • Libraries are known for their programming to help educate their communities • Coding camps for kids (like Bootcamps for adults) can get more people interested in software development • For little or no cost you can host these camps to teach software development and/or robotics
8. Not A Programmer? Stencyl and Scratch make it easy
9. Coding Tools • Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) • Tynker (www.tynker.com) • Stencyl (www.stencyl.com) • Greenfoot (www.greenfoot.org) • Blocky Games (blockly-games.appspot.com/)
10. Let’s Play!!!
11. Circuit Tools • LittleBits (littlebits.cc) • LilyPad Arduino (lilypadarduino.org) • Snap Circuits (www.snapcircuits.net) • Circuits Scribe (www.electroninks.com)
12. Robotics Tools • Finch (www.ﬁnchrobot.com) • Hummingbird robotics kit (hummingbirdkit.com) • Raspberry Pi (bit.ly/1UgmoTl) • Arduino (bit.ly/22l22gO) • VEX (www.vexrobotics.com) • Lego Mindstorms (mindstorms.lego.com)
13. For Toddlers • Code-a-pillar www.ﬁsher-price.com/codeapillar/ • Cubetto www.primotoys.com
14. Potential Projects • Create a website • Create a story in Scratch • Create a light up monster with the Lilypad • Build your own Lego robot • What are you ideas?
16. Costs • Computers or tablets for each student (already in the library or BYOD) • Open source software for programming ($0) • A trainer ($0-$100/hr) • Hardware ($16/e LilyPad Arduino, $200/e LittleBits Kit, $36/e Raspberry Pi, $99/e The Finch) • Misc tools and supplies ($200-$1000)
17. Volunteers / Donations • Find volunteers using Idealist, VolunteerMatch, AllForGood or other such sites • Request donations on sites like GoFundMe or YouCaring • Create an Amazon wish list for your organization (for example: http://amzn.com/w/NF8ABQSCGRDI) • Of course you can just ask!
18. Structure • One Off: Have a project for everyone in attendance • Hackathon: Have an 8 -12 hour event • Over time: Have a project a day (every few days) or have a goal that has to be completed in a period of time. This might be a robotics or coding club. • Look in to starting a Dojo : coderdojo.com
19. Promotion • Many conferences offer free tables to non proﬁts • Meetup.com • Social media • Local universities and colleges • Partnerships • Swag
20. Partnerships • Talk to : • coding/tech/stem groups/meetups • area tech companies • coding bootcamps • maker/tech shops • schools with stem programs
21. Final Tips • Write a code of conduct • Have parent’s permission (note any security risks) • Take into account level of experience of attendees • Offer different levels of events if necessary • Create tutorials (Guide on the Side) • Create evaluations (LimeSurvey)
22. Additional Resources • Free coding courses for kids : http://bit.ly/22mSqPk • Choosing a summer coding camp : http://bit.ly/1PcklrF • 45 places to learn to code for free : http://bit.ly/1Vd58xQ • 12 sites to learn to code for free : http://entm.ag/1ROFyK7 • Cool products for teaching kids to code : http://huff.to/ 1pM1bV9 • Teach your kids to code : http://edut.to/1R3E9je
23. Nicole C. Engard email@example.com http://web2learning.net http://austin.chicktech.org
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