Right now the biggest question might be what we mean when we say code? As stated on the Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries web page,
When we say 'coding,' we mean not only coding and computer programming, but also coding as a literacy, as the ability to apply computational thinking for problem solving and stimulating creativity. More than anything, we want to increase awareness that coding concepts are for anyone and everyone.
The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries is a DPI managed project using LSTA funds. There will be resources added to the web page over the course of the year. Community partners and school districts that are participating in coding and similar programs will be identified so public libraries can reach out for potential partnerships. WisCode Literati, one of the teams from the 2015 ILEAD USA - Wisconsin program and partner in this initiative, is presenting at conferences and holding workshops in public libraries around the state on materials and kits and resources for libraries doing coding programs with no tech, low tech, and hi tech options.
Look for more information about the initiative and the film screening in the next couple months.
Questions about the Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries can be sent to Ryan Claringbole or Tessa Michaelson Schmidt.
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team