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CES Receives Coding Grant

Central Elementary announced today 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. CES is one of 250 school and public libraries around the country to receive this microfunding from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google.

 

Librarian Stephanie Hamilton, said, “Coding not only is a wonderful way to teach our students programming skills, but also teaches them things like problem solving and reasoning. There is no way a student cannot benefit in some way from coding lessons.”

 

This grant will be used to purchase books and materials to help support not only this year's coding initiatives, but also those in the future.

 

“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include Central Elementary 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 is pleased to provide microfunding to Central Elementary and other Ready to Code libraries,” said ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. “We hope this microfunding 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.