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

Jennifer Nelson, Partnership Coordinator, Hennepin County Library and 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.