For the past two years, Molly Shea has worked with a group of after-school educators, artists, computer scientists, and researchers to design new digital-making activities for young children that are approachable, of interest, and expand their understanding of digital-making practices.
These efforts were supported by a grant from the NSF and have led to the High-Tech Low-Cost Making Project, or HiLo.
Molly started this work while at the University of Colorado and has continued to refine it at UW. There are bilingual (Spanish/English) videos for children K-8 to try at home and after-school educator guides to support equity in computational thinking practice. Partners in this effort include the City of Watsonville, California; the University of Colorado; Alicia Sanchez Elementary School; the Exploratorium (San Francisco, California); Walter Kitundu (artist, educator and 2008 MacArthur Fellow); and the NSF. You can check out the website here.