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Ctrl+Z: Girls Makers & Coders Program

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by chalpin@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services
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Girls Makers & Coders, an 8-week program, is about to head into its fourth week here in the Lab at Teen Central. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for young women, ages 12-18, to gain experience with hands-on projects that incorporate different skill sets, including design processes and computer coding. The focus of these projects is around “wearables” – clothing or accessories that are fabricated using technology or have computers or technological functions built in to their design. (A current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts highlights the relevance and excitement coming out of this particular area of innovative design.) The program is being led by knowledgeable volunteers and 9 registered girls are participating.

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Learning about circuits and laying out their design.

Organizations such as Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and Change the Equation are bringing awareness, seeking solutions, and providing programs to address the gender and minority gap in STEM related fields. (For more information specifically about the gender gap, look here). It is our hope that the library can also be place where an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math can be sparked and explored. The library, as an informal learning center where people are encouraged delve into their interests, is perfectly situated for like-minded youth to meet and work together in a low-stress, fun environment all while gaining new skills to build upon in the future.

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Success! After sewing with conductive thread, LED’s are properly connected to their battery.

 

After working on smaller, individual projects that aim to build a foundation in concepts such as circuitry, and an introduction to computer code, participants will collaborate to design and create a larger interactive project with colorful lights (LEDs) controlled by sensors and code with a wearable microcontroller. Through this process participants will also be able to employ crucial 21st Century Skills by exercising their creativity, thinking critically, effectively communicating with their team, and successfully collaborating to complete their unique project.

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Sewing with conductive thread.

 

 

 

 

When the program wraps up in the coming weeks, check back here and I’ll update with more info about their finished project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

hologram on 9-16-15 at 7.25 PM #3Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Ctrl+Z” is all about fearlessly exploring technology. Look here for info about teens, technology, and having fun with new media by Catherine, Teen Technology Coordinator at Teen Central, on the fourth Friday of every month.

Teen Fitness Challenge

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services

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Snow piles over the city don’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. If you’re stuck inside and feeling a little of the old cabin fever, there are ways you can keep active and feeling great while stuck indoors.

Check out this interactive http://fit.webmd.com/teen/move/game/fitness-challenge-game from WebMd.  Easy challenges in rapid succession (jumping up and down on one foot 10 times, 5 sit-ups, etc.) you keep track of with an interactive stopwatch.  This tool is great if you want to challenge a group of friends.  Teens at the Grove Hall library participated in a challenge using this stopwatch, with quite hilarious results.

Welcome to Teen Tech Week!

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Akunna in Events, Programs, Technology, Teen Services
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Teen Tech Week is a time to celebrate, learn more about and use tech resources in your  library!  Take a look at the different techie programs you can participate in this week.

It’s also a time for teen librarians to hear from teens about their current tech interests– anything from books about technology to video games you like to learning skills to be creative with technology. So, come talk to us– we really want to hear from you! Feel free to leave some suggestions in the comment section below, too.

And… if you want to beef up on tech history during the week, check out the blog  This Day in Tech History, which gives you brief information on a significant piece of tech history for each day. Today, in 2008 (a really long time ago, right?) Hulu, the online video streaming website, was first launched.  If you’ve got some other interesting tech facts, post them in the comments.

Enjoy the week!

Using Spotify

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by Angela in Music, Technology, Teen Services
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Are you a fan of music? Do you sometimes wish that you sometimes wish that you could listen to an entire album before you purchase it? Want to find out more artists similar to the the bands or artists you are currently listening to?

Well, Spotify available for you!  Below are tutorials on how you can get started and use Spotify, a free software for your computer.

Spotify is a great tool to learn about new music, share music with friends and create playlists.

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If you happen to make a playlist, comment below with a link to your playlist!

How to use Pinterest

Posted on May 22nd, 2012 by Angela in Technology
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Curious about Pinterest? Not sure what it’s all about? Well, you’re in luck because here are a couple of tutorials on what Pinterest is and how you can use it!

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Enjoy!