It’s a tradition. Every summer, over 500 middle and high school students gather at Cornell to participate in 4-H Career Explorations, a week-long event that provides hands-on experience in fields and career paths that could one day turn into richly rewarding life’s work. For the second year in a row, in late June Mann Library joined the program by offering a popular “League of Coders” workshop to a group of enthusiastic teenagers.
“The library plus every big tech company, such as Facebook and Google, uses these user-centered design methods,” said Darcy Branchini, manager of Land Grant IT at Mann and one of the workshop’s coordinators. “It’s pivotal to better understanding users and addressing their needs when developing an application.”
By the end of the week, 21 students walked away from their computer stations and study tables at Mann freshly acquainted with some key principles in good website design—and with a good taste of both the challenges and sweet rewards of one of what has become a key career of the 21st century. Not bad for a few days’ work at the library!
Based on a Cornell Chronicle article by Susanna Plotkin ’18.