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Category Archives: School Age Programs

Coding and Making Resources for Youth

June 7, 2015

A version of this post promoting summer coding and making activities originally appeared on Iowa Tech Chicks with additional Iowa City/Cedar Rapids-specific information. Coding Short Hour of Code activities to longer multipart courses. Start by building snowflakes with Elsa and Anna from Frozen and work up to learning JavaScript and creating phone apps. CodeAcademy: started […]

STEM Program Ideas for Libraries

December 13, 2012

There are a lot of great STEM program ideas out there. In addition to ongoing Tech Club and CoderDojo programs, here are some activities I am considering for the months ahead. Top of my list – Squishy Circuits! How awesome is this idea from St. Thomas University?! By using batches of both sugar-based and salt-based […]

Coding Club Update

October 13, 2012

Today is the second meeting of CoderDojo at the library. The first CoderDojo was a hit with 18 students Grades 4-9 spending two hours busily learning HTML5 and even a bit of CSS3. The mentors threw them right into programming which seemed to work well. Quite impressive how much they accomplished on their web pages! […]

Tech Club Offshoot: Coding Club for Kids

September 10, 2012

Kids Tech Club will continue as it did last year (six-week sessions focusing on free online tools for image editing, animation, QR codes, etc.), but it has developed and revealed another need. Space, age restrictions and the students’ growing skills mean that a follow-up opportunity was needed. I surveyed the summer participants and learned that […]