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Coding Clubs:
Youth Programming for Public Libraries
September 28, 2016
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Coding Clubs:
Youth Programming for Public Libraries
September 28, 2016
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Alex Lis-Perlis
Girls Who Code
New York, NY
Doug Baldwin
Piscataway P...
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Has your library offered programs related to coding or computer science?
• ...
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Girls Who Code
Alex Lis-Perlis
New York, NY
Anna Tschetter
Andover, MA
Memorial Hall
Library
Girls Who Code
AGENDA
●  Girls Who Code Overview
●  Our Mission
●  Our Solution & Outcomes
●  Spotlight: Anna Tschetter, Memorial Hall Li...
WHAT IS GIRLS WHO CODE?
To close the gender gap in
technology.
OUR MISSION
THE PROBLEM
In a room of 25 software engineers, only 3 are
women.
In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in STEM, but
when choosing a college major, only 0.3% of high school
girls...
Five years from now
jobs will be open in the U.S. in
computing-related fields
29% of those jobs will be filled by U.S.
gra...
OUR SOLUTION
•  Building the largest pipeline of female
engineers in the U.S.!
OUR RESULTS
65% of Clubs participants say they are considering a
major or minor in Computer Science because of Girls
Who C...
●  FREE computer science programs for 6th-12th
grade girls to explore coding in a fun and
friendly environment.
●  Meet du...
CLUBS TEACH
•  Project-based coding curriculum
•  Role Models & Tech Industry Exposure
•  Sisterhood, Community & Alumni
N...
HOST SITE REQUIREMENTS
Host Sites must have:
•  Internet
•  Laptops/computers
•  Space
•  An employee who can act as
the S...
WE PROVIDE
•  Online curriculum
•  Technical and logistical support
•  Toolkits to recruit and engage
members of your Club
ONLINE CURRICULUM:
A GIRLS WHO CODE PROJECT:
Add Canvas screenshot Add Student project
Things for Librarians
to Think About:
•  Space
•  Community resources/staff
•  Registration
•  Support
Coding Programs
@ Our Library
Past Coding programs
Strong interest
Mostly boys
For GWC → Great response
2015-2016: 40 appl...
Library Event Registration:
Logistics & Space:
12 desktop computers
Projector and screen
Adjustments for teens using the
room on
Saturday mornings
CLUB BENEFITS
For middle/
high school
girls
●  Free, local programming and
exposure opportunities
●  Diverse mentors and r...
1.  Host a Club
•  Identify a Sponsor
•  Secure the space/tech
2.  Sponsor & Facilitate a club
•  Fall 2016 - Pilot Progra...
IMPORTANT DATES: 2016-2017 CLUBS
Apply to host! Hosting application opens and
remains open on a rolling basis
Non-Technica...
●  College Counseling/Careers and
Outreach/Recruitment office
●  Reach out to CS, math, and other
depts at a local univers...
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Doug Baldwin
Piscataway Public Library
Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway Public Library
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About the Piscataway Public Library
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Why Computer Science / Coding?
●  Strong interest in K-12
STEM enrichment
●  Dig...
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Why Google CS First
●  Low entry point
●  Curated content
●  Good admin tools
● ...
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How It Works
●  8 sessions
●  Short videos
●  Code stacks from videos
●  Facilit...
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●  1:1 Computer to Participant
●  Headphones
●  Pencil / Post it Pad
●  Good Int...
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How to Get Started
●  Need Google account
●  Review model
●  Create club online
...
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Our Club Features
●  1:1 Laptop to Participant
●  Provided reusable earbuds
●  D...
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Our Clubs : By The Numbers
2015 - Game Design
●  6 sessions / 1 hour
●  15 stude...
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●  Just worked!
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●  Reminders
●  Encourage tea...
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Does your library offer programs related to coding? Coding is quickly gaining traction as an essential digital skill in the 21st century, and many public libraries are offering coding classes for youth and adults as a way of promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The challenge is that coding is often a new skill for librarians and library staff who are responsible for offering programs. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert in computer science to offer effective educational programs that teach coding skills. There are many free resources that can be used as a guide to starting a coding club at your library, no experience required.

See two examples of public libraries that have offered coding clubs using free curriculum provided by library partners.

-- The Memorial Hall Library (Andover, MA) offered a coding club in 2016 in partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that provides a framework and curriculum for coding clubs.
-- The Piscataway Library (New Jersey) just completed their second round of their Computer Science Club using the free Google CS curriculum. This theme centered around Fashion & Design.

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  1. 1. Coding Clubs: Youth Programming for Public Libraries September 28, 2016
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  7. 7. Coding Clubs: Youth Programming for Public Libraries September 28, 2016
  8. 8. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Presenters Alex Lis-Perlis Girls Who Code New York, NY Doug Baldwin Piscataway Public Library Piscataway, NJ Producer: Crystal Schimpf Chat: Becky Wiegand Twitter: Ginny Mies @TechSoup4Libs #ts4libs Anna Tschetter Memorial Hall Library Andover, MA
  9. 9. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Poll Has your library offered programs related to coding or computer science? •  Yes •  No •  I'm not sure
  10. 10. 10 Girls Who Code Alex Lis-Perlis New York, NY Anna Tschetter Andover, MA Memorial Hall Library
  11. 11. Girls Who Code
  12. 12. AGENDA ●  Girls Who Code Overview ●  Our Mission ●  Our Solution & Outcomes ●  Spotlight: Anna Tschetter, Memorial Hall Library ●  How you can help!
  13. 13. WHAT IS GIRLS WHO CODE?
  14. 14. To close the gender gap in technology. OUR MISSION
  15. 15. THE PROBLEM
  16. 16. In a room of 25 software engineers, only 3 are women.
  17. 17. In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in STEM, but when choosing a college major, only 0.3% of high school girls select computer science. Girls expressing interest in STEM Girls selecting CS major 0.3% 74%
  18. 18. Five years from now jobs will be open in the U.S. in computing-related fields 29% of those jobs will be filled by U.S. graduates 3% will be filled by women.
  19. 19. OUR SOLUTION •  Building the largest pipeline of female engineers in the U.S.!
  20. 20. OUR RESULTS 65% of Clubs participants say they are considering a major or minor in Computer Science because of Girls Who Code 57 top companies have pledged to hire Girls Who Code alumnae.
  21. 21. ●  FREE computer science programs for 6th-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. ●  Meet during the academic year after-school or on the weekends ●  Hosted in schools, colleges, community centers, and libraries ●  800+ Clubs across all 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam! CLUBS ARE
  22. 22. CLUBS TEACH •  Project-based coding curriculum •  Role Models & Tech Industry Exposure •  Sisterhood, Community & Alumni Network
  23. 23. HOST SITE REQUIREMENTS Host Sites must have: •  Internet •  Laptops/computers •  Space •  An employee who can act as the Sponsor and point of contact
  24. 24. WE PROVIDE •  Online curriculum •  Technical and logistical support •  Toolkits to recruit and engage members of your Club
  25. 25. ONLINE CURRICULUM:
  26. 26. A GIRLS WHO CODE PROJECT: Add Canvas screenshot Add Student project
  27. 27. Things for Librarians to Think About: •  Space •  Community resources/staff •  Registration •  Support
  28. 28. Coding Programs @ Our Library Past Coding programs Strong interest Mostly boys For GWC → Great response 2015-2016: 40 applicants for 12 spots 2016-2017: 30 applicants for 12 spots Registration Logistics Two part registration, aiming for fairness Informational survey then event registration →
  29. 29. Library Event Registration:
  30. 30. Logistics & Space: 12 desktop computers Projector and screen Adjustments for teens using the room on Saturday mornings
  31. 31. CLUB BENEFITS For middle/ high school girls ●  Free, local programming and exposure opportunities ●  Diverse mentors and role models in their community For library ●  Opportunity to host a fun, free program to young members of the library community & to engage them more in the library ●  Engage volunteers with the library
  32. 32. 1.  Host a Club •  Identify a Sponsor •  Secure the space/tech 2.  Sponsor & Facilitate a club •  Fall 2016 - Pilot Program •  Starting Spring 2017 anyone can facilitate a Club 3.  Become a Girls Who Code partner! •  Unique partner benefits WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
  33. 33. IMPORTANT DATES: 2016-2017 CLUBS Apply to host! Hosting application opens and remains open on a rolling basis Non-Technical Pilot for Facilitator-Sponsors Rolling launch of Clubs Clubs taking place across the country! May - Oct 2016: Sept - Dec 2016: June 2016 - Feb 2017: Sept 2016 - June 2017:
  34. 34. ●  College Counseling/Careers and Outreach/Recruitment office ●  Reach out to CS, math, and other depts at a local university or college ●  Post on social media groups ●  Flyers, emails, etc. FAQ: RECRUITING FACILITATORS
  35. 35. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Please type your questions in the chat window. Send twitter questions to @techsoup4libs Questions? Alex Lis-Perlis Girls Who Code New York, NY Clubs@Girlswhocode.com Alexandra.lisperlis@girlswhocode.com Anna Tschetter Memorial Hall Library Andover, MA atschetter@mhl.org
  36. 36. 36 Doug Baldwin Piscataway Public Library Piscataway, NJ Piscataway Public Library
  37. 37. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved About the Piscataway Public Library image credit : https://www.tapinto.net/articles/piscataway-public-library-presents-making-the-aff
  38. 38. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Why Computer Science / Coding? ●  Strong interest in K-12 STEM enrichment ●  Digital literacy ●  Specific requests for “coding” Challenges : ●  Staff expertise ●  Frequency ●  Target audience ●  Content choices image credit : https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7378/8720604364_85c5931a14_b.jpg
  39. 39. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Why Google CS First ●  Low entry point ●  Curated content ●  Good admin tools ●  Browser based ●  Scratch IDE ●  Scalable ●  CS pedagogy ●  Themes! ●  Made for our target audience ●  Low / No Cost Image credit : https://www.google.com/edu/images/resources/programs/google-cs-first.jpg
  40. 40. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved How It Works ●  8 sessions ●  Short videos ●  Code stacks from videos ●  Facilitators’ guide activity ●  Sessions 45-75min flex ●  Progressive content ●  Assessments ●  Badges ●  Showcasing
  41. 41. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved ●  1:1 Computer to Participant ●  Headphones ●  Pencil / Post it Pad ●  Good Internet connectivity ●  Facilitator image credit : https://www.flickr.com/photos/22809952@N03/6293508103 Technical Needs
  42. 42. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved How to Get Started ●  Need Google account ●  Review model ●  Create club online ●  Await resources ●  Promote ●  Dry run ●  Have some CS fun!
  43. 43. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Our Club Features ●  1:1 Laptop to Participant ●  Provided reusable earbuds ●  Dispenses resources each session ●  Used admin tools ●  Finch robot integration http://cdn.metroparent.com/wp-content/uploads/Robot-Lab-Exhibit-Michigan-Science-Center.jpg
  44. 44. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Our Clubs : By The Numbers 2015 - Game Design ●  6 sessions / 1 hour ●  15 students ●  1 facilitator ●  Wk 1-4 / 95% ●  Wk 5-6 / 70% 2016 – Fashion and Design ●  8 sessions / 1.5 hours ●  13 students ●  2 facilitator ●  Wk 1-8 / 99%
  45. 45. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved What We Learned ●  Just worked! ●  Time management ●  Reminders ●  Encourage teamwork ●  Inquiry method ●  Tech fails! But its ok :) ●  We learned too! Image credit : https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/ A_woman_thinking.jpg
  46. 46. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Please type your questions in the chat window. Send twitter questions to @techsoup4libs Questions? Doug Baldwin Piscataway Public Library Piscataway, NJ dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org @baldwind1976 http://piscatawaylibrary.org/MiY Links : ●  Google CS / http://cs-first.com ●  CS Overview : https://www.cs-first.com/overview ●  CS Help Center : https://www.cs-first.com/d/help ●  Our project portal / http://bit.ly/PPLCS
  47. 47. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved Please type your questions in the chat window. Send twitter questions to @techsoup4libs Questions? Doug Baldwin Piscataway Public Library Piscataway, NJ dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org @baldwind1976 http://piscatawaylibrary.org/MiY Alex Lis-Perlis Girls Who Code New York, NY Clubs@Girlswhocode.com Alexandra.lisperlis@girlswhocode.com Anna Tschetter Memorial Hall Library Andover, MA atschetter@mhl.org
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