Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

On November 27th, we are participating in a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday.

This year, we are aiming to raise $1,000 to enhance our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programming with the addition of new coding kits.

Code.org states that the lack of exposure to coding and computer science programs in school has led to open positions in the 21st century job market.  “More than 58% of the new STEM jobs are in computing and computer science, but only 8 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science.”

In Indiana alone, there are 5,010 open computing jobs.  Youth Services librarians believe that we can help bridge this employment gap for the future, by exposing young people to coding and computer science now.  If we can offer coding and computer science in a fun and relaxed atmosphere a budding programmer, web developer, or systems analyst can gain the basic skills, practice, and confidence they will need to contribute and find success in the 21st century workforce.

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The kit is a resource rich introduction to game based coding and engineering.  Each kit comes with enough material for users to build four different games and inventions.  All the materials in the kit are reusable which will give the library multiple programming options.  These kits encourage collaboration and working together among our young people which is another appealing aspect of this product.

Will you assist in raising $1,000 to enhance our STEAM programming and ensure that children have access to high-quality, learning resources.

Make a gift today by clicking on the link: https://jefflibraryfoundation.org/donate/

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