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Technology Education and Fun Abound at the Santa Barbara Public Library

The Santa Barbara Central Library continues to offer programs and classes aimed at teaching and engaging through technology. As our communities continue to move into a world in which technology inundates, enhances, and possibly irritates our lives it is important that all individuals have the capacity to use and understand the tools and information available. To this end, the Central Library is offering activities for a variety of interests and ages.

Mondays in May are for engaging youth in making along with the library. Participants will utilize the Hummingbird Robotics Kit to create and program robots, kinetic sculptures, and animatronics, built out of a combination of electronic components and crafting materials. A product of the Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab, Hummingbird is designed to inspire and enable creative engineering, robotics, and making activities for kids ages 7 and up. All Maker Mondays are from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the Tech Lab at the Central Library..

Tuesdays are all about technology for youth. May's Tech Tuesdays will be using Bloxels, which uniquely unlock participants' innate creativity by leveraging something they love: video games. Youth can play fun games and channel their creative potential as they gain a greater understanding of important topics like design logic, and computer science and demonstrate their knowledge of history, science and mathematics and more through the games they create. Tech Tuesdays are all but the first Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

The Central Library is also offering technology classes every Tuesday at 11:00 AM to help individuals with a variety of topics, May's series of classes are for those with their own businesses or nonprofits looking to jump their marketing and social media. The Spring Your Business Ahead classes will help you with your website, social media plan, and Facebook and Instagram outreach. Register for each class via the SBPL calendar of events.

Coding Lab continues every Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:30 PM and is targeted at those ages 10-17 years. In these labs, participants will work through different coding, computational logic, and computer science activities and lessons. Scratch, Hour of Code, Code Combat, RoboCode and an assortment of programmable robots will be used in the labs. No previous coding experience is necessary to join Coding Club and no registration required, just come in and join!

Whether looking for online help with social media outreach or developing engineering skills through play or learning to code, the Central Library has offerings for everyone. To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter.

- Maker Mondays, Mondays, 4:00 PM, Tech Lab, Central Library

- Learning Technology Classes, Tuesdays, 11:00 AM, Tech Lab, Central Library 

- Tech Tuesdays, all but the first Tuesday of the month, 4:00 PM, Learning Lab, Central Library

- Coding Lab, Wednesdays, 4:00 PM, Tech Lab, Central Library

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at SBPLibrary.org for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

 

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621

Email: JLemberger@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

 

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017
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