Ready to get kids excited about coding? Library Journal Maker Hero Alisha Wilson shares how she draws a crowd with her Coding for a Cookie event with three key steps. You’ll gain a host of coding resources, learn about setting up stations, and get tips on advertising your event.
About Alisha Wilson
Alisha now runs the Media Center turned Innovation Center at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, FL, after teaching high school English for five years. In 2015, she received the Governor’s Shine Award in the state of Florida for her contributions to education through her school library. Alisha was selected as a PBS Digital Innovator in 2016, and in 2017 her library was selected as the winning high school program for the Follett Challenge, accompanied by a $30,000 prize. Also in 2017, her Innovation Center won the District Administration (DA) Schools of TechXcellence Award, sponsored by HP and Intel. In addition, School Library Journal chose Alisha as the Maker Hero for the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Awards.
Adding a STEAM component to a literacy assignment can encourage students to think more deeply about what they are reading and writing. Library Journal’s Maker Hero School Librarian of the Year Alisha Wilson shares three ways you can collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate robotics, circuitry and coding into English class.