Librarian: Paige Rowse, Needham High School Library
Inspired by the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week, Needham High School is hosting our second annual Teen Tech Week program! We have a number of tech-related activities available for student participation both in the library and beyond. It is our hope that students will engage with new technology in a meaningful way as well as think more conscientiously about how they engage with technology and social media every day. This year, we are taking that a step further by embracing this year’s ALA theme of “Be the source of change”. Collaboration is a key component for success in our daily workshops and weeklong activities.
- Tech Crafts: LED bookmarks and circuit-marker cards
- Tech Dismantle: guiding students in disassembling a desktop Mac retired a few years ago
- Robotics: showcase of student-made robots and opportunity for students to control them
- Makey Makeys: available for students to explore circuits by connecting food to the computer to ‘play’ as game controllers or digital instruments
- Code: playing games with students to learn concepts in coding
- Virtual Reality: using iPods, Google Cardboard, and a variety of VR apps to explore the real world as well as the fantastical world
- 3D Printer and Laser Cutter: hosting students in the Da Vinci Workshop to tinker and create a personalized item
- Solar Energy: showcase of student-built solar powered charging station
Each year, we reflect on how to make improvements to the Teen Tech Week program, especially in terms of increasing student participation and ensuring that each year’s program is engaging and fresh. We are always excited to connect with other educators and would love suggestions on how to make our Teen Tech Week program stronger!