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Comment by JJ Prescott on November 13, 2013 at 12:56pm

I am planning a Mars program. Our main activity will involve making an edible Mars Rover. My kids love to eat! We will also create a mission plan about how we might go about finding water on Mars. I also have some Mars travel brochures I will be handing out for fun.

Comment by Mariano M Ulibarri on February 27, 2015 at 3:29pm

Parachute Factory is partnering with the New Mexico State Library for #TTW15 to host 7 Makerspace programs all around the state of NM!

We are super excited to reach such a wide audience this year through the NM Makerstate Initiative. Check out our locations on the Google Map, and find out more in the coming days at: www.themakerstate.com

Comment by Ashly Roman on March 2, 2015 at 4:03pm

Reading Public Library Teen Department in Reading, PA is celebrating all month long! 

Comment by kriztina on March 5, 2015 at 12:52pm

Comment by Ashly Roman on March 6, 2015 at 9:43am

Very cool:)

Comment by Jill Willey on March 10, 2015 at 9:07am

Remember Sid from Toy Story? Then you'll remember him taking apart his toys and putting them back together. We did our own version of this yesterday - Frankentoys - at our library. Like us on Facebook Jackson County Public Library Teen Scene.

Comment by Joshua McConnell on February 5, 2016 at 9:23am

Our plan is to have the teens build hydrogen fuel cell model cars and then create a youtube video explaining the process. We're very excited and hope the teens will really enjoy the project.

Comment by Jessie Arnone on February 9, 2016 at 5:58pm

Cohocton Public Library has a week full of events from upcycled clothes to an hour of code! I will post our flyer, post cards, and a passive challenge based on the library video game idea as soon as I can.

Comment by Megan Buck on February 11, 2016 at 3:34pm

Dickinson County Library is encouraging teens to share their book reviews with each other and the community in a creative way! 

Our program, “Read It, Review It!” will empower teens to share what they have been reading with the community through video book reviews posted on the Dickinson County Library YouTube channel.  The teens will be directly involved in all aspects of the video creation process.  We will be encouraging them to read new books and then prepare a review of the title(s) they've read.  They will be in charge of lighting and directing their own videos, editing the footage, posting the final product to the Internet, and advertising these new reviews with their friends, family, and community.

The fun doesn't stop after TTW 2016 ends! The videos produced during TTW will be our first pilot videos ready for public viewing.  Teens who participate this March will become charter members of our "Read It, Review It!" team.  Throughout the year our team will grow and additional videos will be posted.  In the future, teens may even be tapped to create videos for additional audiences in our community regarding library services.

We plan to incorporate the technologies the teens use during TTW 2016 into teen programming throughout the year!

Two initial sessions are planned - Thursday 3/10 @ 3:30 pm at the Solmonson Branch in Norway, MI; and Friday 3/11 @ 3:45 pm at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain, MI.

Comment by Kristina Holzweiss on February 17, 2016 at 1:44am

We have a makerspace in our library, and I run Genius Hour programs all the time.  To make Teen Tech Week special we are going to focus on gaming.  Bloxels are a new way of creating video games through low and high tech means.  The students will work in pairs during the week to create their own characters and game levels.  Using special blocks, the students will manipulate them on trays.  Then they will scan them using the Bloxels app on our iPads.  The app will make the blocks "come to life" as video games.

Students of all grade levels and academic abilities will create videos games during Teen Tech Week.  They will also have the chance to play one another's games, and even incorporate characters and levels created by their friends into their games.

I have also ordered some sets of Breakout Edu, which are "Escape the Room" games.  I am working on creating and finding games that are not too difficult to solve, because this program is new to me as well.

Teachers are signing up classes, and I will allow students to work on game design during lunch and studyhall if they are enough resources to go around.  We are all very excited!  These activities are wonderful low and high tech extensions of the Hour of Code program.

I met Bloxels at the NY Toy Fair.  Here is an interview: Bloxels Interview at NY Toy Fair

Comment by Ashley Schmidt on February 25, 2016 at 11:50am

The Teen Republic at Stephens Central Library in San Angelo, TX is planning a different computer programming class each day of TTW!

Comment by Alexandra Eberle on February 26, 2016 at 2:04pm

We are doing something not as high tech or as high profile as some of you, but more a low key program. Our YAs in our area are a difficult lot to get in the doors, so we try not to go too crazy for it to be wasted. 

Comment by Jessie Arnone on March 5, 2016 at 11:18am

Comment by Jessie Arnone on March 15, 2016 at 10:45am

Hard working kids in Cohocton, NY!

Comment by Veronica Rainwater on January 31, 2017 at 11:56am

We at Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, Kentucky have created the Source of Change Challenge!  The intention is to inspire children to create a project at home that increases efficiency or betters the community.  For example: mini greenhouse designs or a solar powered water heating system, etc.  Then the teens will drop the project off at their preferred library branch with a submission form that describes what it is and how it should be used.  Our Chamber of Commerce and members from our community are going to vote on the best one!  We are still deciding on a grand prize =).  We are super excited about this.  We think it works well because it requires little time from staff members, its practically passive, but I think it really focuses in on the theme of Teen Tech Week this year 'Be the Source of Change' and will leave a big impression on our community =)

Comment by Jolene Finn on February 15, 2017 at 1:12pm

Borchard Library at Santa Margarita Catholic High School is planning 3 days of events to celebrate technology and education. We are working with student clubs that have technology focus, outside organizations that use technology (OC Sheriff's Bomb Disposal Robot), and also having a technology playground. Click here for details.

Comment by Ashly Roman on February 28, 2017 at 10:57am
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Comment by Alexandra Eberle on February 28, 2017 at 11:01am

Here is our Event in celebration of Teen Tech Week!

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Any ideas for a TTW passive program? We're a small branch and get a handful of teens.ThanksContinue

Successful High School Programs

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I have always struggled to get a large turnout at my high school for teen tech week.  Any suggestions on how to draw them in?  Any ideas that have worked for other high school libraries?  Thanks!Continue

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What are your planning for your public library for TTW 2017?

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I have always felt that TTW can be many things. So many in fact it can be hard to focus on on aspect or another even when there is a theme. The public library where I work is located in a school…Continue

Open Source Media

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Teen Tech Week 2017 includes coding.  If you are looking for coding sites/activities for your programming, check out this article on…Continue

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