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Feb. 11, 2014 10:15 am

‘ABCs’ of the web book needs $20K [Crowdfunding]

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support.

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. This week’s project comes from Kickstarter. See other Crowdfundings of the Week here.

One Baltimore native wants to introduce pre-elementary school age children to the World Wide Web to equip kids with the coding vocabulary they need before they start interacting with programming languages and binary code.

Andrey Ostrovsky, a 29-year-old doctor completing his medical residency in Boston, is one of two minds behind the “ABCs of the Web” book. The two men are now raising $20,000 on Kickstarter to help fund printing and donations of copies of the book to Uplift D.C., a nonprofit that teaches a variety of STEM classes to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Donate to the Kickstarter campaign here.

Ostrovsky, who has a 22-month-old son, said the book is meant to give children such as his own an “introduction to the lingo” of coding.

“Computational thinking alone, and its implication to math, science and education — he’s going to be tested on that all the time,” he said. “Having an understanding of what computer science is capable of is, I think, applicable to any career.”

Watch the Kickstarter campaign video:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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