Flour Bluff High School Library has received a $500 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities not only during Computer Science Education Week 2018 (December 3-9) but also throughout the school year. Flour Bluff High School Library is one of only 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.
Flour Bluff High School Librarian Sarah Chapman said, “This is a great opportunity and we are so excited to be a part of the ALA’s efforts to promote Libraries Ready to Code. Using the library setting allows students a creative space to explore the world of coding.
The 250 libraries selected for CS Ed Week funding will each host activities based on Google’s free Computer Science First curriculum, which uses video-based instruction to introduce CS to kids through block-based coding. Librarian Sarah Chapman will introduce High School students to the world of coding or enhance their knowledge through various computer activities including Google’s free online activity An Unusual Discovery, which is built on Scratch 3.0.
The $500 grant will go towards the purchase of Google Chrome Books that will provide avenues for students to enhance their knowledge of computer science and coding skills.