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Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5pm through Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8pm
5pm through Friday, August 22 at 8pm
Geek Girls Carrots, Pacific Science Center, The Seattle Public Library, S.P.I.N & Mozilla Kick Off Global ‘Maker Party’ Celebration to Spread Web Literacy SEATTLE, August 19 – Geek Girls Carrots, Pacific Science Center, The Seattle Public Library, S.P.I.N. and Mozilla join forces this week in Seattle as part of a global celebration of web literacy, bringing digital enthusiasts around the world together for ‘Maker Parties’ that place internet learning and making at the center of 21st-century citizenship. Maker Party Pop-Up Seattle will celebrate hands-on making and web literacy Thursday, August 21st and Friday, August 22nd 5PM-8PM at the Seattle Central Library. Participants will learn different programming languages like Python, JavaScript or Ruby on Rails. They can help improve and remix the Django Carrots Tutorials. They can build robots and get creative with the basics of binary—learn how binary can represent numbers, letters and pictures, and make a personalized binary bracelet to take home. There will also be mini-hackathons and brainstorming sessions for startups. And special talks will be presented by DinoHulk’s Diana Pham, TasteBuddy’s Clarissa San Diego, S.P.I.N’s John Madamba “Building a STEAM Community”, and Developer Evangelist Intel Rex St. John. Participants will come away with new knowledge and resources that will empower them to continue learning! “It’s about more than coding,” said Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman. “It is a great call to arms that puts the world’s users at the center of the web. Success in the 21st century depends on web literacy – and on making the web what we all want it to be.” This year’s Maker Party cycle, an annual 60-day blitz of volunteer-run events in hundreds of cities around the world, is part of the Mozilla Webmaker project dedicated to teaching web literacy as the educational background needed for success anywhere today. Maker Party themes run the gamut from mechanics of making websites to broader issues like privacy and data protection, but are united across geographical, cultural and generational lines by shared focus on “teaching the web” through proactive exploration of digital tools and a culture of participation and production. They are inspired by the enormous unfolding potential for all people to make themselves heard in the global conversation about nothing less than changing the world for the better, and by the need to make that energy instrumental through hands-on making, teaching and learning. “This is the education every student can and should receive,” the Aspen Institute’s special Task Force on Learning and the Internet said in its landmark report “Learner At The Center of a Networked World” this year. “A new vision of learning is emerging,” said the report, citing Mozilla’s work in developing new tools and pathways making web literacy central to education worldwide. Mozilla’s partners in the 2014 Maker Party campaign include the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of Science and Technology Centers, National 4-H Council, Statewide Afterschool Networks, the MacArthur Foundation and the National Writing Project. The 2014 Mozilla Maker Party season, in its third year beginning July 15 and running to September 15, brings web users of all nationalities, genders, ages and economic means together proactively at nearly 2,000 events in over 300 cities to help make that vision a new reality. Anyone, anywhere can engage in making the creating the future mechanics, culture and global citizenship of the internet by signing up on the Webmaker website today. About the partnering organizations in Seattle: Geek Girls Carrots (GGC) is a global organization focused on connecting, learning and inspiring women and girls in Tech. We create community by organizing meetings, workshops, hackathons and any other events which gather people to share their knowledge and experience. We bring together female developers, programmers, admins, analysts, application architects, graphic designers, IT managers, social media specialists, system architects, women with ideas for start-ups, computer science students, and anyone starting their adventure with technology. Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Seattle Public Libraries mission brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. S.P.I.N. is a non-profit community based TechEd startup in Seattle that provides quality enrichment workshops featuring STEAM programming and leadership skillsin low income communities serving at-risk and homeless multi-cultural youth. This event is made possible by the partnering organizations, our amazing mentors, volunteers, Hive Learning Networks and Mozilla—and the participants! For more information contact: GEEK GIRLS CARROTS USA Kamila Stepniowska, COO Geek Girls Carrots, Sanda Htyte, Co-Organizer,