Google, American Library Association team up to help kids explore computer science

Posted at 8:47 AM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 12:33:10-05

There's a growing effort to get more kids exposed to computer science and it involves libraries across the country. 

Google has teamed up with the American Library Association for "Libraries Ready to Code." 

The project, according to Google's official blog, is aimed at training librarians so they can help inspire future generations to explore computer science.

The idea: even if schools in some areas don’t provide programming courses, libraries at the heart of the communities could.

As part of the project, librarians will be given access to a number of resources including Google's CS First program. It provides free materials for launching coding clubs targeted at kids in 4th through 8th grade.

"Ready to Code isn’t intended to transform librarians into expert programmers or computer scientists. Rather, we want to provide them with the knowledge and skills to do what they do best: empower youth to learn, create, problem solve, and develop the skills needed in tomorrow’s workforce—all while having fun, of course," Hai Hong, computer science education program manager, states in the blog post. 

Local libraries can learn more about the project here.