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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!

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Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday from 3 pm - 7 pm 
Friday from 2 pm - 6 pm 
Every other Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm  (Closed May 30, Open June 13 and 27)

Summer Hours begin June 9
Tuesday - Friday: 1 - 5:30pm
Alternating Saturdays: 10am - 4:30pm  


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.   

Tutoring Logo.jpgDrop-In Tutoring, Thursdays 5pm - 7pm:
Students from Rocky Mountain College's Mathematical   Society come to the library to offer tutoring to those who would like help with their studies. Although their focus is primarily math, the tutors can also assist with other disciplines such as biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, and more! Each week they meet in the TECH Lab, so bring any homework or study materials that you would like help with and get started! Donations are welcome. 

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.

Grow Green IconGrow Green: Container Gardening, Mondays, June 15 - July 27, 2pm - 3pm at the Boys & Girls Club, 505 Orchard Lane: Learn about sustainable gardening practices with the Housing Authority of Billings' Community Gardens Project. Take home your own vegetable garden that will be ready to harvest by the end of the summer. This is a seven week program! Registration is requiredPlease call 657-8258 to register.

CPR Logo CPR Certification Class for Teens, Wednesday, June 17, 4pm - 6:30pm in the  Community Room: Billings Clinic and Billings Public Library will be holding a class to  certify teens in CPR. The class will cover CPR methods to treat adults, children, and  infants. Participants will receive a certification card at the end of the class. Registration  is required, and the class size is limited to 8 teens. Please call 657-8258 to register. 

Twine FlowchartText Adventures! Tuesday, June 23, 2pm - 4pm 

You sit down at a computer and type: "You are standing..." 

[[Learn to create your own interactive, nonlinear fiction using 
Twine, an open-source software program.]] 


You stop reading the workshop description and continue to type, "You are standing at a crossroads..." 


Registration  is 
requiredPlease call 657-8258 to register.

Jason Jam Cartoon Drawing of Tea Party Learn to Cartoon, Saturday, June 27, 11am - 3pm: Join local artist Jason Jam for an  all-day workshop where you will learn the fundamentals of creating comics. You will invent  and draw your own characters, and learn how to draw the environments where your cartoon  creations will exist. Registration  is requiredPlease  call 657-8258 to register.

Week of Making: Figure Out S.T.E.A.M.

June 12 - 18 is the National Week of Making and maker activities will be happening all throughout the library to celebrate. The T.E.C.H. Lab will be offering special activities each day of the week between 2 and 4pm that explore the activities behind each letter in the S.T.E.A.M. acronym. 

Picture of LEDsExploring the Science of S.T.E.A.M., Friday, June 12, 2pm - 4pm: Experiment with different stations to explore the science behind circuits. Make copper tape circuits, LED objects and squishy circuits!

Photo of Micro DroneUsing the Technology of S.T.E.A.M., Saturday, June 13, 2pm - 4pm: Use the technology stations to try out Minecraft, Drone Photography, and Scratch Programming!

Tinkercad Program ScreenshotDoing the Engineering of S.T.E.A.M., Tuesday, June 16, 2pm - 4pm: Work with a Lego Robotics Kit, play the Gravity Maze Game, and explore 3D Modeling!

Knitting Needles and YarnEngaging with the Arts of S.T.E.A.M., Wednesday, June 17, 2pm - 4pm: Try out the new Teen Fiber Arts Group, the MisKnits! Develop your knitting or crocheting skills and create something awesome! All skill levels welcome.

Musical Math EquationsWorking with the Math of S.T.E.A.M., Thursday, June 18, 2pm - 4pm: Use the math behind musical theory and rhyme schemes to your advantage! Record songs, jam with musical instruments, and experiment with Haikus!

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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