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The Afterschool Coding Club (ACC)

Afterschool Coding Club is live

Hello and welcome!

Click here to go on the waitlist

The dates for the club and topics are as follows:

  • Friday October 6: Introduction to Coding
  • Friday October 20: Coding with Scratch
  • Friday November 3: Game Design with Scratch & Makey Makeys
  • Friday November 17: Making the Rounds with Sphero SPRK+
  • Saturday December 2: S.T.E.A.M. Showcase

The Friday programs will run from 3:30 – 5:00 pm and are open to ages 8-12. All materials and technology will be provided.

Please be advised: when you register for the Afterschool Coding Club, you are registering to attend all four club sessions and the S.T.E.A.M. showcase.  As this is a pilot program, feedback from a core group of attendees is very important to the Library. We want to learn with you during this exciting opportunity. If you think that your tween will be unable to attend more than two of the programs, please consider waiting for our next round of coding club sessions/programs. This is only the beginning, and we hope to offer more programs on more topics in the future!

 

We’ve also had a lot of questions about the club, so in order to answer them all, we’ve made a list of the more common ones below.

Afterschool Coding Club Frequently Asked Questions

What made you create the Afterschool Coding Club?

The Afterschool Coding Club (ACC) is a program pilot that has been a long time in development here at Penticton Public Library. It stemmed from a need for the Library to provide access to more Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math programs to local youth. We believe that learning never stops, be it at 2:30 pm on a week day or when schools close for the summer, and that access to it should be free for youth of all educational backgrounds. Coding has also become a valuable and in-demand skill, and our ability to support out of school learning gives us a unique opportunity to empower our younger patrons. Staff spoke with other service providers for this age group and learned that there are no similar programs that are free. When the club sessions are finished, feedback from our tween coders who attend the club will be used to shape the future directions we will go in for S.T.E.A.M. programs at the Library.


Read more about the importance of coding here:

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/caroline-and-ian-burgess-to-address-the-gender-gap-in-tech-teach-all-kids-code

http://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/why-kids-should-learn-to-code-and-how-to-get-them-started

 

What is the ACC?

The ACC is just what the name says – a club that focuses on allowing tweens to experiment, learn, and play with coding software, applications and programmable technology. Attendees will be provided with a Chromebook, which they will be using for the duration of the program, as well as access to two accessible technologies.

 

What will you be teaching?

The ACC pilot will focus on providing access to several different coding tools, languages, and concepts such as:

  • Introducing coders to computational thinking
  • Introducing coders to Scratch and coding basic apps and games
  • Introducing coders to Makey Makeys
  • Introducing coders to block coding with Sphero SPRK+
  • Using technology-free games and activities to cement coding concepts 

Details will be finalized closer to the date of the ACC’s launch at the start of October.

 

What is computational thinking?

Two excellent sources explaining the concept - a method thinking that uses logical, step by step problem solving processes, can be found below:

http://newtechkids.com/2017/02/from-coding-to-computational-thinking/

http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/ct/defining.html

 

How long is ACC running for, and how many sessions will you have?

There will be four program sessions for this first pilot group: two in October, two in November.

 

Why do I need to register? Why is it online only?

Due to time, funding, and staffing, we are only able to accept a maximum of ten (10) tweens for this program. Online registration is required in order to maintain this number as well as accurately track the order in which participants register to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity.

 

What am I registering for?

Registering for the ACC means you will be registering for ALL four** of the club sessions as well as the S.T.E.A.M. Showcase.

**If you believe that your tween will be unable to make it to more than two sessions, we ask that you please consider waiting for when we can offer more programs that will be single sessions. This pilot is only the first of many coding adventures we hope to offer!

 

What is the S.T.E.A.M. Showcase?

The Showcase is a chance for us – and you – to show off what you’ve learned in the ACC to the Penticton community in an open-house style format in the Library-Museum auditorium. We will also be inviting attendees from our S.T.E.A.M. Powered programs to the Showcase so they can demonstrate what they have learned as well as share their thoughts and ideas with others.

 

 

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