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ideaLAB: adult swim

Introducing ideaLAB: adult swim!

Starting September 2, we’ll be kicking the kids out of the pool on Tuesday nights, and will be welcoming adults for the first time into our digital media open lab.

The lab is staffed and set up so you can start creating stuff in one or any of six program tracks: music, web design, art & design, game design, video, and electronics.

So come hang out, sign up to use our 3D printers or our recording studio, learn to program an Arduino, and learn to make some cool stuff.

Learn to Code Meetup in the ideaLAB

Want to learn or improve your HTML and CSS? JavaScript? Ruby? So do we!

Beginning this Monday (August 4), ideaLAB will offer its first ever adult event: a weekly Learn to Code Meetup! We encourage anyone, at any level, with an interest in programming to come hang out and work on projects. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, but our hope is that everyone will participate in problem solving challenges and group projects.

Here are the details:

Teens learning web development at the library: DevCamp wraps up!

Last Friday, we wrapped up DevCamp, a two-week crash course in web development for teens. Over six days, 24 teens learned the basics of HTML and CSS - with a bit of JavaScript sprinkled on top - and worked in teams to develop websites on topics they selected.

Teens - Make your own electronic instrument in the ideaLAB!

UPDATE: Registration for the workshop is now FULL. You are welcome to still fill out the registration form, but you will be placed on a waitlist.

ideaLAB Rock Stars!!

Several weeks ago, Jesse Perez, along with some of the talented teens from ideaLAB, were asked to take a look at the L.E.D. message board that hangs above the Books and Borrowing checkout station. Considering the sign was pretty old, no one was sure if it could even be fixed!

Two weeks later, the sign was back in its place displaying an array of useful, multicolored greetings for DPL customers.

Summer of Tech 2014 is Going to be SO RAD.

Teens! (Parents of teens!) Looking for something to spice up your summer? Bored of lazing around the house? The ideaLAB's Summer of Tech 2014 TECH BLITZ will have have you out of the house and making amazing stuff! 

Teen Tech Week in the ideaLAB

Teen Tech Week is full of geeky goodness.

Teen Tech Week celebrates everything that you can do at the library besides checking out young adult dystopian paranormal romance mystery novels. This year, the ideaLAB is doing it up in style: from March 10th to March 15th, we have a full week of workshops, where you can do everything from make simple circuits to coding your own Minecraft mod.

All events for Teen Tech Week in the ideaLAB are free and open to anyone ages 12 to 19. Most of them will be held in the ideaLAB on Level 4 of the Central Library. Here's the details:

Electronics Scavenger Hunt! Monday, March 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Come rip apart an old piece of electronics (we’ll have some on hand) and compete in a scavenger hunt to find out what makes it tick!

hacking, making, and coding at the library

Creation from ideaLAB toy hack

Libraries have always been places where communities come together to learn. Most of that used to happen through print - as more and more of our lives are mediated by bits and circuits, libraries have made the shift as well, making emedia and online research tools readily available. 

A couple of our recent programs in the Community Technology Center and the ideaLAB are taking the next steps: helping people open up the tech they use everyday and see what's inside.

Contribute to the ideaLAB's Indiegogo Campaign to Bring Technology to Denver Teens

panorama of the Denver Public Library's ideaLAB

In May of this year, we opened up the ideaLAB in the Central Library's Community Technology Center. It's a small room - only about 480 square feet - but it's already had a big impact.  Inside this free digital media lab for teens, we've helped young people from all over Denver learn Photoshop, record music, mod Minecraft, shoot video, and more. We've also already started running into our limits - but maybe you can help with that?

The Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB is a state-of-the-art digital media creation center where metro-area teens learn core STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts through creative expression. By engaging teens in the production of digital media, the ideaLAB assists youth in developing 21st century skills that will serve them both in school and in their future careers.

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