Code on the Road


What's the Scoop?

Panucation is going mobile, by delivering a series of weekly computer science classes to libraries that fulfill rural communities’ needs for STEM education and academic, social, and emotional learning for students.

Code on the Road: Summer 2023 provides youth with hands-on learning opportunities that improve academic performance, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Participants also enhance their social skills by working collaboratively on coding challenges and projects with their peers.

These sessions foster three forms of engagement at venues which promote equitable access to all and introduce a new creative coding community in the process.

  • Students and families can attend a series of free classes
  • Librarians benefit through informal professional development
  • Librarians and the educator community receive long-term benefits via instructional video materials available for future reuse and customization

Heads up, Librarians!

Here’s a quick introductory video to demonstrate what’s in store at each library.

If you want to discuss hosting your own Code on the Road, fill out a short interest form, and we’ll be in touch!

Code on the Road : Summer 2023 Libraries

Our Toolbox

Our curriculum is based on Scratch and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Getting Unstuck.”


Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation.

Use of Scratch, user-generated content, and support materials is permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license.

The Fine Print

Code on the Road: Summer 2023 is gratefully funded via a grant from the Scratch Foundation via the Scratch Education Collaborative (SEC), an initiative that supports and engages participating organizations from around the world in a two-year, collaborative cohort experience to strengthen their organization’s commitment to, and implementation of, equitable creative computing. 


Panucation is proud to be a member of the 2022-2024 SEC organization cohort.


Scratch is a project of the Scratch Foundation, in collaboration with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is available for free at

Original Brennan, K., Haduong, P., Williamson, M. A., Peters, L., Smolevitz, S., & Yu, B. (2021).Getting unstuck: An intermediate Scratch curriculum to support design studio culture in the classroom Creative Computing Lab. Retrieved from

Content remix by “Coach Newton” Antoniuk.  You can find Coach Newton on Scratch.

Content is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license, which means that you are free to use, change, and share the curriculum, as long as you provide appropriate attribution and give others access to any derivative works.

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Benefits of Code on the Road

Benefits to Participating Youth and Families

Code on the Road will foster emotional learning by providing students with a safe and supportive environment. We leverage the welcoming spaces of local community libraries trusted by attending families. 

Students can build confidence and resilience by tackling new challenges and overcoming obstacles in their coding projects. The perseverance acquired during these activities strengthens learning in many subjects, including mathematics and language skills. has highlighted six studies to show that studying computer science helps students outperform in school and college in the LinkedIn article CS helps students outperform in school, college, and workplace

Moreover, coding classes will allow students to explore their interests and passions via their projects, which can contribute to a sense of purpose and identity.

Professional Development for Librarians

Our summer program immediately benefits librarians/support staff as they participate in coding activities via informal professional development (PD). Each library has agreed to provide support during the events, which are specific opportunities to learn by doing, with the assurance that we’re there as subject matter experts. 

Multiple weekly sessions reinforce the knowledge gained by each library’s employees.This hands-on PD enables the local teams serving their community to host future STEM coding events more confidently.

We also view these events and the content material as the basis for a lasting partnership with each library as they share resources (event room, Wi-Fi/internet, laptops/Chromebooks) and, most importantly, their time.


Content for Librarians and Educators

Panucation will create and deliver instructional videos and a remix of content based on Getting Unstuck’s modules 1 (When Clicked) and 2 (Parallelism.) 

The nature of this pilot program allows us to revise the instructional content over the summer.  The resulting material will be a long-term public resource available to librarians and educators.

The general release of content is planned for September 2023.

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Class : Mars Pioneer


Students use block code to build an interplanetary story and game. Multi-themed projects include elements of storytelling, art, animation, music, and game design all in one. Projects emphasize creativity by encouraging students to build their unique stories each day.

Intermediate Level course is suitable for students familiar with block coding.

Class Levels:  Intro for Ages 7-12, Intermediate for Ages 9-12 Prerequisite for Intermediate: My First Intro to Coding! or previous course

1. Design Your Journey

Tell your story. Who’s going, create/draw your ship, prepare Perseverance for launch.

2. Launch & Transit

 Animating departure from Earth and through space. Is there an imposter on board?!

3: Land & Explore

Create a game to land on target. Explore and decide what (or who) you’ll find.

4: Drone Time

Launch the drone, Ingenuity, and create your scrolling background effect as it flies.

5: Should I stay or should I go?

How does your story end, or does it continue to the next chapter?

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn to connect online, screen share, use chat to communicate with Coach and fellow students (on-line collaboration via Zoom)
  • Learn fundamentals of computer science using Scratch
  • Multi-day projects include integrated elements of storytelling, art, animation, music, and game design.

For 4th to 7th grade classes, there are additional learning outcomes:

  • Students add depth to their creations with additional project coding.
  • Intermediate level classes cover material faster to allow for more coding depth to projects
1 Week
7 - 8 (2nd - 3rd grades)
9 - 12 (4th - 7th grades)
Five 60 minute sessions
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