The Davis Academy announced that it has received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education Week 2018 (Dec. 3-9) and beyond. The Davis Academy is one of 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.

Stacy Brown, 21st Century Learning coordinator, said “The Davis Academy is so proud to receive the microfunding from the American Library Association, in partnership with Google, to help us continue to educate our students, faculty, and families about the value of integrating coding into the curriculum. It is increasingly important for students to learn the impact that computer science has on the evolution of our society. We hope to cultivate an understanding of coding and to nurture a love for this increasingly demanding field for those students who may wish to choose this as their concentration as they progress academically”.

“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include The Davis Academy in our CS Ed Week activities this year. We hope these libraries will join the growing number of libraries excited to offer CS programs that help youth create, problem solve and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in their future careers.”

“ALA is pleased to provide microfunding to The Davis Academy and other Ready to Code libraries,” said ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. “We hope this microfunding will not only generate enthusiasm for CS Ed Week, but spark year-round programming to develop critical thinking and digital skills youth can draw on over a lifetime.”

The 250 libraries selected for CS Ed Week funding will each host activities based on Google’s free CS First curriculum, which uses video-based instruction to introduce CS to kids through block-based coding. Libraries will pursue projects that reflect Ready to Code themes critical for advancing youth learning, especially for building computational thinking literacies. The Ready to Code team estimates that the CS Ed Week funding will support more than 60,000 youth all around the country taking part in coding activities throughout the week.

This funding will allow The Davis Academy to expose students to more complex coding opportunities. It will permit Davis Academy students to continue to go beyond the surface of learning computer science demonstrating the power of learning coding as a literacy, and ultimately, help create a more sophisticated culture of computational thinkers.

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