Teen Tech Week: Day 2

(Cue slightly less ominous 24 style countdown clock!)

There is both bad news and good news to report from day two of Teen Tech Week. The good news is that it’s almost all good news and the bad news turned out not to be so bad after all.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way: there was a mix up with the devices that I requested for this program–they were trapped at another branch and wouldn’t be available. On the bright side, the branch where I was presenting had two laptops that we could use and this was a group coding program. So BOOM! The issue became a non-issue.

From there on, it’s pretty much gravy. This program was titled Create Your Own App. I decided to offer this at a branch where I know their teen staff member is absolutely amazing and where they have a decent teen following. The teens and families of teens in this community are used to the idea of teen programs being offered. I anticipated that this would be my most well attended program annnnnnnnnnd I had a grand total of 4 teens participate!

For some of you, this is nothing to celebrate but it is for me. It’s three more kids than I had at Podcasting. Three of the kids just happened to be in the library and the announcement about the program intrigued them enough to actually come in. One teen came specifically for the program. HEART EYES TO YOU, WONDERFUL TEEN!

I decided to go the route of “guide on the side” for this one, since I basically have zero coding knowledge and I have no experience with javascript whatsoever. Code.org has a really great, easy to follow tutorial service called AppLap that teaches kids the basics of the language and let’s them create their own simple app. It takes about one hour of following the tutorial to create a simple app that teens can then further develop on their own time. Perfect fit!

We worked in pairs to facilitate collaboration and the groups even worked together a little bit to test their apps against one another (because everything’s a competition, amirite). It might have been a small group, but the kids had a lot of fun and so did I. We ended up staying about 15 minutes over when the program was supposed to end…which means I got home SUPER late but it’s all good.

Overall, I’m going to call this one a success and move on. Today is the last program that I am hosting and I’m not sure if anyone will show up for this one. We’ll see! I’ll update tomorrow.



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