Mar 19th, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Technology Workshops with a Twist: Using Scratch for Youth Technology Workshops

Jennifer Nelson, Hennepin County Library
Keith Braafladt, Science Museum of Minnesota


Gaming's all the rage in libraries, but we've taken things a step further in technology programming for teens. We teach teens how to use Scratch to create multi-media content including animation, stories, and even games as a way to teach 21st century literacy skills. Why Scratch? It's free, it's accessible and it's fun. It also connects youth with a worldwide community of users. This workshop will introduce you to the wonders of Scratch and relate our experiences in rolling out the program to a set of national libraries as part of an IMLS funded Nation of Leaders Demonstration Grant.

Jennifer Nelson is the Partnership Coordinator for Hennepin County Library. Keith Braafladt is the Manager of Research and Development in the Learning Technology Group (LTG) at the Science Museum of Minnesota.