Hour of Code

Here’s an easy, no-cost program for your library: Hour of Code!

Grab some laptops or tablets and set up this fun STEM program! Have your kiddos join millions of students around the world celebrating Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11) with the Hour of Code. Registration for the annual celebration starts each year in October.

It’s easy to sign up, and the website has plenty of resources to get you started. I’ll be using CodeMonkey to create a simple video game with block coding.

View more ideas here!

And even more resources here!

Youth Makerspace Playbook by Maker Ed

Click here to access a stellar document about Makerspaces — the Youth Makerspace Playbook by MakerEd!

Whether you are in the planning stages or have been running your space for years — you’ll find something useful here. One of my favorite things in this document is Appendix D, which speaks about language use. It is so important to be intentional with the language you are using with your makers. For example, we might have a young person who isn’t sure how to start or wants specific examples, instructions, etc. We might say something like, “I hear that you’re having a hard time getting started and would prefer an example. I do have some if you’d like, but how about waiting a bit and seeing what others are trying out? Perhaps something will inspire you. Try just messing around first, just playing and having fun. I’ll check back with you in a bit to see how you’re feeling.” I love that!

And be sure to check out the Maker Ed website for more resources! Worth a bookmark!

Remake Learning Days

Remake Learning Days is a fun way for your Makerspace to participate in a nationwide movement to help young people thrive. Here in Wisconsin, Remake Learning Days – Badgerland is happening from April 22-30. Check to see if your region is participating!

What is Remake Learning Days? From their website:

“Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) is a celebration of innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity. Remake Learning Days is a festival of events hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media centers, tech startups and more.  These events are designed to be hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (pre-K through high school) and their families, caregivers and educators.   The majority of events are free and open to kids of all ages.

Events are organized by different learning themes such as: Arts, Maker, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology and Youth Voice. In addition, there are Professional Development sessions for school, out-of-school, child care and non-traditional educators. Families and youth can search events by  date/time, location, learning theme, age group (pre-K through high school) and more.

RLDAA is presented by Remake Learning with national partnerships with PBS Kids for Parents and Digital Promise, along with many partners and host organizations in fourteen regions across the nation.”

Submit your program here! You will need to create a free account.