March 8-10 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

C303: Kid-Sized Software Development Teams

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Mary Carrier, Digital Services Trainer, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
Angela Strong, Assistant Director - Technology, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Scratch, the visual programming tool built to introduce technology to kids, provides a platform for young learners to experience and grow in their ability to think creatively and problem solve as they create computer games, stories, and animations. Stringing scripts of code together, Scratchers are able to build and share their own portfolio of projects. Since 2012, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library has offered several types of Scratch programs for community members ranging from third to eighth graders: week-long summer camps; monthly consecutive day sessions; and, new this year, a 6-week after-school program. Its programs have sparked the creativity and ingenuity of more than 450 students to build projects that entertain, educate, and inspire others. This session discusses expansion to other age groups, curriculum, technology, and logistics required to offer a hands-on, kid-sized software development team experience for your young patrons. Examples of the Code Crew’s software products will inspire you to launch a middle school coding club at your library today!

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