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ALA Announces Recipients of Libraries Ready to Code Grants

ALA is providing more than $500,000 in grants to help 28 libraries in 21 states (and Washington, D.C.) develop coding programs for young patrons. Part of ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative, the funding will give them the opportunity to gain computer science and problem-solving skills. Since libraries serve groups that are underrepresented in computer science—women, rural residents, people from low-income households or with disabilities, etc.—they are ideal spaces for these types of programs.

According to the press release, some of the projects the grants will fund are:

  • designing educational escape rooms,
  • making mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles,
  • coding music with the use of assistive technology in special education classes, and
  • building a residential-sized FarmBot machine to install a community garden.

For more information, read the press release.

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