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D103 – Libraries as Makerspaces: Teaching Teens How to Fail

Monday, April 7, 2014
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
, Teen Programming Specialist, Free Library of Philadelphia
, Community Outreach Specialist, Free Library of Philadelphia
, Digital Resource Specialist, Free Library of Philadelphia
, Program Coordinator, Community Technology Center, Denver Public Library
, Library Program Associate, Community Technology Center, Denver Public Library
, Content Developer, Digital User Experience, Denver Public Library

First, hear the experiences and tips from one library which has been offering youth maker programs, from e-fashion to printed circuits, in more than seven locations. Much of the philosophy behind making is mentoring youth in tinkering and experimentation; teaching them that the making process is one of inquiry and the inevitable failed attempts. This library is committed to spreading the gospel of why it’s important to fail, learn, and try again as it is integral to the making and learning process. It sees the library as the ideal comfortable and safe environment to mentor youth as they learn that it’s okay to fail, and a place where they can share their experiences and learnings. Denver PL launched the ideaLAB, a digital media lab for teens, and quickly learned that the traditional instructional model wouldn’t work with 13-year-olds. Staff read about HOMAGO, but what does it look like in practice, and how do you help teens move beyond just hanging out? Come learn from their mistakes: the turn from classes to project cards, creative programming, a badging system, and showcasing teen work. They share experiences and materials, talk about integrating ideaLAB programming into the library’s teen website, and highlight examples of teen work.

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