Greetings from the frozen north! Here in Fairbanks, AK we are preparing for Teen Tech Week in a big way! I was lucky enough to receive the Teen Tech Week grant from YALSA and Best Buy and this grant will allow our students to learn how to code! With my grant funds I purchased three different kinds of robots; the Finch, Ollie, and Sphero. I've created a kit that can travel to schools and public libraries in our District and I've personally held four different coding camps so far to get students in different schools pumped for Teen Tech Week!
We have a large Alaska Native population at our school so part of my grant proposal focused on reaching out to this underserved population by encouraging them to pursue graduation and careers in Computer Sciences through coding. As a way to connect with this group, we purchased a license to the computer game: Never Alone. This visually stunning game was created in a collaboration between game developers and Inupiaq tribal elders. The game features cultural tidbit videos that can be unlocked with game play and highlights the Inupiaq culture with narration provided in their native language with English subtitles.
How are you reaching out to the underserved populations that visit your library with your Teen Tech Week plans?