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Celebrate 21st Century Literacies and Learning at DevDev Demo Day and Mozilla's Maker Party

The Chattanooga Public Library is celebrating 21st century literacies and learning with two back-to-back events happening Saturday, August 2 at the Downtown Branch. The events kick off with DevDev Demo Day from 10:30am until 11:30am on the 2nd Floor, followed by the launch of Chattanooga’s first Mozilla Maker Party from noon until 3pm in the library’s maker space, The 4th Floor.

Chattanooga Mayor, Andy Berke. will officially kick the day off with opening remarks to the 2014 DevDev: Summer of Code students and their guests at 10:30 a.m. Chattanooga-area teens from the DevDev workshops will be sharing their individual projects that were created during the five-week summer code camps at the Chattanooga Public Library and Howard School of Academics and Technology. Led by experts in the fields of design, programming, and engineering, campers not only learned to code but also had the chance to explore technology careers available to them in their own backyard through guest speakers and field trips to some of Chattanooga’s most innovative tech businesses. The students will be demonstrating their new skills for creating websites and building robotics projects. DevDev, made possible through generous support from the Benwood Foundation, is a collaboration of engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Public Library.

The DevDev grads will also be demonstrating their projects during Chattanooga’s first Maker Party, where Mozilla and the Chattanooga Public Library are joining forces in a worldwide celebration of web literacy. The unique partnership brings digital enthusiasts from Tennessee and around the world together for ‘Maker Parties’ that place Internet learning and making at the center of 21st-century citizenship.

“We live in the innovation century and to be successful, we must continue to grow our talent and utilize our unique assets, like our Gigabit infrastructure,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “Both upcoming events - the DevDev graduation and Mozilla Maker Party – help to position Chattanooga as leaders in technology and innovation.”

In mid July, leaders of Mozilla’s local Hive Chattanooga attended a Maker Party event at the Bronx Library Center in New York.  There they were able to share the work of the Chattanooga Public Library and local Gigabit Community Fund project Hyperaudio with the 600+ middle school students in attendance.  

Now, Hive CHA is bringing this experience back home to Chattanooga through a Maker Party at the Chattanooga Public Library. DevDev code camp graduates and educators from across the region will be on hand to help participants get started building, exploring, and creating on the web.  Youth, parents, educators, and makers of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on activities from the Library, the Creative Discovery Museum, Girls Inc., Maker Faire Chattanooga, and many other local partners. Attendees will leave with new web literacy skills, information about digitally focused after school programs for the coming school year, and resources to keep exploring the web.

 

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