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Teens embrace technology during Teen Tech Week

I always say that I have the best job in the library because I get to work with our impressive teen patrons. They motivate me, make me laugh, teach me new things, and give me a reason to look forward to a bright future for all of us. Teen Tech Week was no exception. We packed in three inspiring teen tech programs that had teens engineering, programming, and creating here at their library.

What do you get when you put a dismantled electric toothbrush, a pool noodle, markers, and googly eyes together? An art bot! An art bot is a wobbly robot with markers for legs that creates works of art when you turn in on. Teens (and librarians) learned basic physics and the principles of engineering in this hands-on program.

Alice is a simple program that allows teens to learn fundamental programming concepts by creating animated movies and simple video games while having fun. Our teens created worlds where pirate ships were invaded by aliens and friendly ogres danced with kangaroos while learning programming concepts that they can build on in the future.

Our Teen Advisory Board decorated the teen lounge windows with bit art using post-it notes. You can try this at home by going to http://www.makepixelart.com to plan your artwork. Make sure you measure your window and determine what size post-it notes you will be using before you begin. A little bit of math, and a lot of creativity and laughter made our windows look great!

I am so pleased to be able to make technology accessible and fun for our young patrons. Keep an eye on our website this summer as we'll be including more DIY tech programs for kids and teens.

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