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?

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Passive Program

Started by Valerie Gilbert in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Mar 6. 1 Reply

Any ideas for a TTW passive program? We're a small branch and get a handful of teens.ThanksContinue

Successful High School Programs

Started by Karen Abraham in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Feb 27. 4 Replies

I have always struggled to get a large turnout at my high school for teen tech week.  Any suggestions on how to draw them in?  Any ideas that have worked for other high school libraries?  Thanks!Continue

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What are your planning for your public library for TTW 2017?

Started by Carla Avitabile in Sample Title. Last reply by Carla Avitabile Feb 27. 3 Replies

I have always felt that TTW can be many things. So many in fact it can be hard to focus on on aspect or another even when there is a theme. The public library where I work is located in a school…Continue

Open Source Media

Started by Dawn Abron in Sample Title Feb 6. 0 Replies

Teen Tech Week 2017 includes coding.  If you are looking for coding sites/activities for your programming, check out this article on…Continue

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