Teen Tech Week 2015

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Libraries from all over Idaho celebrated Teen Tech Week during March.  Participating school and public libraries submitted their favorite teen projects highlighting the theme "Libraries are for making..." Teens interpreted this year's theme in diverse ways as evidenced by the creative entries.

Thirty-six libraries submitted teen projects. The projects are compiled into one document – check them out and adapt them for your library.  Four teen projects were chosen for special recognition. Their libraries will receive innovative making kits and materials to help them extend their programming in new directions.

Here is a rundown of the libraries being recognized and the materials they will receive:

Camas County School District received a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer!  

Shirley Cobble and her teens really went all out this year.  Shirley developed a rubric for evaluating the creations, designed a TTW bookmark, got great press in the local newspaper, and had some awesome teen entries. This is Drew's winning design using K'NEX construction materials.

"Drew has made some small creations out of K'NEX, so he decided to make a larger creation and he made the London Eye. He used the hand-crank rather than motorized due to a missing adaptor, but it works just as it was supposed to. He made modifications to it so it would not simply fall apart during transportation to school for the competition. It works just as it should and he is happy to say it resembles the “Ferris Wheel” the “London Eye” just as he had hoped", wrote Shirley in her submission.

Borah High School created dazzling wearable electronics for prom and received a wearable electronics kit and book to help them extend their making further.

Jennifer Boyd, the Borah librarian wrote, "This spring semester we kicked off "Maker Time Tuesdays" in the Library at lunch. We advertised on the daily announcements and made some flyers. We had about six kids who have participated intermittently. We played with valentine crafts, finger knitting, stop motion animation, squishy circuits, snap circuits and found our inspiration for prom wear in MAKE magazine." Clearly Borah is jumping on board the Teen Tech Week bandwagon and engaging in innovative and fun making activities. No word yet on how many of the creations actually made it to the prom.

Timberline High School District won 3 Discover Electronics kits for their book sculpting activity.

Librarian Tina Roehr described the activity: “We used Photoshop to create a pattern for making folded book designs. We started with just letters for the kids. Showed them how to create their own patterns and then they folded the pages to create an initial. Some went beyond and created words. It’s a good way to recycle old hardbound books.”

Capital High School received two Fischer Technik Robotics kits for a 101 word Animoto creation which celebrated a teen’s love of the cello.

In addition to the recognition for teen submissions, Kuna Library District received a Fischer Technik Robotics kit as a first time participant.
Melanie Balls reported teens recycled damaged and unused CDs and DVDs into art using just paint and heat. See all the photos on Kuna’s Facebook page. 11 teens participated in the activity-a good turnout for a first time activity.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for participating.  Thanks too for the 1843 votes cast in the Teen Tech week competition ballot.  Teen Read Week in October will be here before we know it; details of this year’s project will be available in September.