Casey Koons

Casey is a educator, maker and librarian. He has been involved in makerspaces and STEM programming in libraries since the beginning of his career. As an intern, he helped to develop policies and programs for the Fab Lab of the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville NY; He developed extensive STEM programming for teens while serving as the director of the Tully Free Library in Tully NY. As the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Central Library in Syracuse NY, he developed a makerspace that opened during the summer of 2016 and ran STEM programs for adults and teens in that space. He is currently a visiting assistant librarian at SUNY ESF. Why not get in touch?

Presentations

Here are the slides of recent presentations I have given on STEM programming and code in libraries. The slides have all the links shared in the presentations.

Code for Libraries 2017

An updated presentation with many online resources for learning how to code and special sites for children, teens and adults learning to code. It concludes with examples of how virtually every form of creative expression can be accomplished using code.

Robots

In this program Casey Koons will explore the value that robotics kits bring to facilitating STEM programming in libraries with examples from various robotics kits, programs and exercises. He will show how even a single modular robotics kit can provide a platform for educational experiences across all subjects in the STEM fields, and one that neatly focuses and captivates students thanks to the project-based design of the lessons.

Helping Coders as a Non-Coder

In this program Casey Koons will discuss how to prepare a library for young coders. As librarians, we frequently find ourselves in the position of helping someone learn who knows a great deal more about the topic in question than we ourselves do. This can be especially daunting when the topic is computer coding. This session will explore how to gather resources and tools to provide learning experiences, practice and problem solving resources to those coders that come into your library.

Code to Learn

A linkstorm presentation featuring many online resources for learning how to code and special sites for children and teens learning to code. It concludes with examples of how virtually every form of creative expression can be accomplished using code. Click here for a video of this presentation.

STEM on a Budget

A presentation on why the maker ethos is ideal for shaping STEM programs in libraries, and how to develop an electronics STEM program on a limited budget. Click here for a video of this presentation.