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T.E.C.H. Lab - Teen Education & Creation Hub

 Teen Education Creation HubThe Teen Education & Creation Hub (TECH) Lab is located on the Library's second floor in the Integra Learning Lab and is a space where teens can hang out, explore, design, and create fun projects in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The TECH Lab is equipped with a wide assortment of technology, equipment and software, including PCs, Macs, iPads, cameras, a green screen, a sound booth, drawing tablets, games, art supplies, and more!. Teens ages 13-18 are invited to come and check out this exciting, new teen-only space!


Like us on Facebook!    http://www.facebook.com/BillingsTECHLab.  

Hours

Summer Hours begin June 9
Tuesday - Friday: 1 - 5:30pm
Alternating Saturdays: 10am-12pm, 1- 4:30pm (closed for lunch)

(Closed July 4 & 18, Open July 11 & 25)


Schedule 

Board at the Library - Every Friday 3-6 pm :  
Every Friday afternoon is Game Day in the TECH Lab!  Stop by to play a fun, quick board game, or stay the whole time and  dig in to a long strategy game.  Come in and learn how to play classic card games like cribbage or test your tactics with a game of chess.  Bring your friends and play all afternoon!  Don’t want to play a game? Just come in and explore the TECH Lab. There’s lots to do and even more to learn.   


Graphic for the MisKnits knitting groupThe MisKnits - New Weekly Fiber Arts Group, Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm, starting June 10
Drop by the TECH Lab on Wednesday afternoons, and learn how to knit and crochet! Bring your own projects or use our supplies. All levels of experience welcome.

















Image of small pins on jacket Razzle Dazzle Buttons - Thursday, July 2, 3-4 pm: At various points in the day, do you find yourself sadly glancing down at the barren, wasted space on your jean jacket or messenger bag? Heave a sigh no longer, and come by the TECH Lab where we will show you how to make your own buttons full of razzle dazzle and bedazzlement!














Python programming icon Programming with Python - Tuesdays, July 7, 14, & 28, 4-5 pm: Interested in learning how to program? Drop in to these weekly intro sessions and learn how to use Python, a beginner-friendly programming language. 









Historypin icon HistoryPin - Thursdays, July 9 & 16, 2-4 pm: Learn to interact with past and present using HistoryPin. Use historic photos and geospatial data to understand where we were and where we are now. 













SketchUp logo Architecture and 3D Design - July 21-23, 5:30-7pm: Work with local architects to design a building using Sketch-Up software. *Please call 657-8258 to register for all three days.*













TECH Logo tween.png Tween Behind the Scenes - Sat. July 11, 10-12pm & 1-4:30 pm: All you almost-13-year-olds, here’s your exclusive one-time-only chance to get a behind the scenes tour of the TECH Lab and sign up for a digital birthday card from a robo-pet.












Teen Advisory Group
Teens who are 13 to 19 years of age can apply to be part of our Teen Advisory Group - The TAG.  The TAG advises the library about programs for teens, helps promote services and volunteers at the library. Apply today. 


Thank You Mentors!

We are done with Focus Days until next Fall. Stay tuned for summer workshops and come in for regular open hours. Many thanks to last year's mentors, you did a great job!


Photo of 2014-2015 Mentors


Special Thanks


WYO-Ben Logo

Wyo-Ben, a Bentonite clay manufacturing company in Billings, recently made a very generous donation to the Teen Technology, Education, and Creation Hub. The T.E.C.H. Lab is able to thrive only because of donations such as these. Thank you Wyo-Ben!




Do you have a suggestion for a workshop or new technology?  Let us know. 

Submit an application to be an instructor in the TECH Lab.

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