Techno-awesome teens maneuver the Internet with ease, text at ridiculously fast speeds and multi-task so well, it blows the generations before them out of the water. But because technology is so commonplace in their world, they probably haven’t ever stopped to think about using technology to race robots or make jewelry from scraps of metal.
Teen Tech Week, March 6-12, gives teens the chance to come hang out at the library and experience the world of technology from a different perspective.
The Tech Week events, specifically designed with teens in mind, are listed below. All programs take place in The Edge, the library’s hip teen hang-out spot.
- Mar 7 | 4:00-5:30 pm | Racing Robots | Teens work as a team to build robots using recycled materials. The robots will face off in a crazy competition and team with the fastest robot wins ultimate bragging rights.
- Mar 8 | 4:00-5:00 pm | TechnoJewels | Ever wondered what to do with random scraps you can find lying about? Teens learn to make earrings, bracelets and key chains out of metal findings.
- Mar 9 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Cyberbullying: An Ugly Reality | The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) invites teens and parents to an open discussion about cyberbullying and other cyber offenses. Guest panelists are Dr. Peg McCarthy, Clinical Psychologist; Major Ron Brown, Campus Police Officer; and Ms. Teresa Rush, technology curriculum expert. The members of TAB will be in charge of facilitating the panel.
- Mar 9 | 4:00-5:00 pm | Internet Scavenger Hunt | Everyone likes a little competition. Teens race to beat the clock in this high-paced scavenger hunt. The person with the most correct answers wins.
- Mar 11 | 4:00-5:00 pm | College Basketball Video Game Tournament | Catch the Madness. Teens become part of the action when they pick a team and play NCAA Basketball on Playstation 3. A lucky few will advance through the bracket for a chance at the championship title.
Check out www.tscpl.org/teens for updates throughout the week.
The library’s youth services staff is committed to serving this energy-filled demographic all year round, with two areas in the library, David J’s and The Edge, and programs that include everything from Open-Mic Night to crafts. The library’s Oveson-Campbell Homework Center offers time dedicated to teen students.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library which features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, the Chandler Booktique, multiple meeting rooms and free computer/Internet access and training.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.