Idaho libraries fuse Teen Tech Week and the maker movement

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This year libraries are celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 9–15, with a “DIY @ your library” theme. More than 60 Idaho public and school libraries will offer teens an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom—where they can explore, create, and share content. From makerspaces to coding classes to online knitting clubs, libraries are leveraging the do-it-yourself theme to connect in meaningful ways with the teens in their community.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is supporting Teen Tech Week this year by providing participating libraries a “Making in the Library” opportunity that includes ideas for maker activities and the materials to pull it off. ICfL sent 60 Idaho libraries a customized kit from MakerShed containing a soldering station, the Learn to Solder book, and 25 Robot Badge making-kits, plus Teen Tech Week posters and manuals from the American Library Association. The public libraries participating in ICfL’s Make It at the Library project will also incorporate 3D printing, robotic, engineering, and other STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) programming and tools.

Idaho libraries are partnering with businesses, clubs, educators, and other area libraries to give teens an opportunity to innovate and experiment with technology. See a List of Participating Libraries at http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/teen-tech-week.

This project has been made possible in part by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.