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Dear Library Colleague,
Through a collaborative partnership with Ypsilanti District Library, Imperial County Free Library, and Tempe Public Library, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided grant support to create a library-specific COMPUGIRLS program.
COMPUGIRLS is an out-of-school project with a ten-year history of providing culturally responsive STEM learning opportunities to girls from underserved populations. The program is guided by two overarching goals:
To develop a culturally responsive and low-resource model for teaching computational thinking that can be feasibly implemented in libraries; and
To evaluate the feasibility of the model for scalability and sustainability with the help of an external evaluator who will conduct formative and summative assessments.
As part of the study, we are seeking library partners who are excited to serve as research collaborators by offering COMPUGIRLS over a 2-year period and agreeing to participate in research activities that will help improve the program.
We are able to expand this initiative to rural library settings and are inviting library systems to apply! The principal investigator, Dr. Kimberly A. Scott and co-principal investigator, Dr. Patricia Garcia, will provide training, curriculum, and evaluation results for rural library systems interested in implementing this cutting edge program for the 2019-2021 program years.
The program COMPUGIRLS will provide:
Hands-on training program (stipend and travel expenses included)
Module-based expressive circuitry curriculum for girls
Daily support during first implementation
Ongoing support with program activities such as identifying guest speakers and developing recruitment strategies
Ongoing support and professional development from a peer coach
Collaboration with an external evaluator to determine the impact of program
Monies for program participants to engage in one field trip per session
Equipment and supplies to implement curricular activities, including healthy and fresh snacks for participants
If selected, your library will:
Offer the program at your local library site during Fall 2019
Allow up to 2 librarians to attend our hands-on training program
Provide feedback on program implementation and research activities via virtual teleconferences
Any rural public library in Arizona, Michigan, and California is eligible to participate in this study.
Applications due May 1st, 5pm AZ time.
Notification of participation will be sent by June 2019. Training will be offered both virtually and in-person in August 2019. Implementation of the program will occur during Fall 2019 (September-December).