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Press Release: Families Tackle Mysteries of Computer Coding Together

Summer Learning Workshops Set for Five Public Libraries in the State

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (June 9, 2015)

Nascent student and parent computer scientists are gathering this summer at five Maryland public libraries.  Their mission: to learn and create their own inventions using the latest computer technology.

Family Coding Clubs,  based on a successful program developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will engage children and their parents to learn together as designers and inventors.  Up to 15 families per site will be taking part at the free workshops in Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, St. Mary’s, and Washington Counties. 

The sky is the limit for each student/parent team involved in this state-of-the-art activity.  For example, teams may develop games and controllers, using such programs as Scratch and MaKey Makey.

Maryland’s Family Coding Clubs are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  MSDE’s Division of Library Development and Services is partnering with Code in the Schools and FutureMakers to launch the program.

WHO:             Students, ages 6-12, and their Parents

WHAT:          Family Coding Clubs

WHEN           12 Noon to 3 p.m.
WHERE:       June 13, 20 and 27 (Registration is closed.)

                     Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library
                     1100 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228
                     (410) 887-0951

                     Caroline County Public Library
                     100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629

                     Elkton Central Branch of Cecil County Library
                     301 Newark Ave, Elkton, MD 21921
                     (410) 996-5600


                     July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 (Openings Still Available)

                     Leonardtown Branch of St. Mary’s County Library
                     23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, MD  20650

                     The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Library
                     100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740