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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, teen-only space!

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     Tuesday - Thursday: 3 - 7 pm
     Fridays - 3-6 pm
     Saturdays: 10 am - 4:30 pm

    Summer Hours Start June 7th:
Tuesday-Friday: 1-6 pm (1-3 pm for focus activity, 3-6 pm open lab)
Saturday: 12-5 pm (all open lab)


Summer Reading Has Begun
Summer Reading registration is open! Click here to sign up and begin logging hours today.
The Teen Summer Reading Journal and prize catalog will be posted on June 6th.



Rocketry at BPL
Build your own model rocket, and launch it! Rocketry at BPL will introduce you to the basics of model rocketry and rocket science as you build and then launch a model rocket. Come join the fun and learn about this exciting hobby.  Registration is required, so call 657-8290 or stop by the second floor help desk at the library to sign up today! Building and education workshops are on 5/10, 5/17/ and 5/24 from 4-6 pm in the TECH Lab. Participants are expected to attend all of the building sessions, or at least enough to complete their rocket. Launch day will be on Saturday, May 28th. Learn more about Rocketry at BPL


Week of Making June 17-23
We're celebrating the National Week of Making with a week of awesome activities! Sign-ups are not required except for the cardboard VR activity. Everyone will get to make their own VR headset, but the first 10 to sign up will also get their own lenses for the headset! Call 657-8290 to register for the cardboard VR program today!

Friday, June 17: 3-D Design with Sketchup (1-3 pm in TECH Lab)
Saturday, June 18: Make your own Constellation Craft (at the library block party!)
Tuesday, June 21: Digital Photography Basics (1-3 pm in the TECH Lab)
Wednesday, June 22: Minecraft Logic (1-3 pm in the TECH Lab)
Thursday, June 23: Make a Cardboard VR Headset (1-3 pm in the TECH Lab)

camera.jpgWednesday, June 8 , 4-6 pm : Teen Audio/Visual Club
A local teen is hosting an audio/visual group at the library. They’ll meet every Wednesday to create and produce content for the library’s Youtube channel, and much more! If you’re interested in creating this kind of content, be sure to stop by.

graphic for board gameBoard 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.   

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. 

Meet the Mentors

Photo of TreyTrey was raised in Montana. He enjoys reading, playing video games, programming, and learning new things. He is currently studying Computer Programming at MSUB City College. He didn't have big goals or ambitions (he also dropped out of public schools at a young age), and he didn't think he could afford to go to college since his family has always been poor. But teachers at the Lincoln Center encouraged him to go to college and apply for financial aid. Now he has a 3.9 GPA and many great opportunities afforded to him, including this mentorship!

Trey leads "Problem Solving with Programming" on Tuesdays.

Photo of ParkerParker was born and raised in San Diego, California, and is here in Billings to study aviation at Rocky Mountain College. He enjoys flying airplanes and playing video games, especially Minecraft. Parker has big goals for himself when he graduates; he hopes to become an airplane pilot and fly people around the world. He joined the mentor program to gain leadership skills.

Parker leads "Minecraft Wednesdays."

Photo of ChloeChloe is a returning mentor. She is majoring in Equestrian Studies with a focus in Therapeutic Riding and Psychology at Rocky Mountain College. She moved to Billings from Austin, Texas, where she lived for ten years. Chloe loves exploring the city, going to the farmer's market, taking photos, and reading. She also enjoys studying micro-invertebrates, a.k.a. water bugs. She joined the mentoring program to help kids like her.

Chloe grew up poor and battled with mental health issues in high school. She received help from a local nonprofit that helped at-risk teens and went on to become a mentor and a student representative on their board of directors. She wants to provide the same support she was given, so that other teens can see that they can always change their situation, even in small ways.

Chloe leads "Arts & Crafts" on Saturdays. 

Photo of RossRoss 
grew up in Austin Texas and became a carpenter after graduating high school. After over ten years of traveling and working in construction he moved to Yellowstone National Park to work for a summer. Falling in love with actually having seasons, he moved to Montana to pursue a degree in education. His passions include watching movies, playing video games, reading, hiking, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors.  As a non-traditional student he is really enjoying the experience of being in school full time. While maintaining the “Dean’s List” at MSUB, he wanted to do more. He is really excited to help out at the T.E.C.H. lab and get to know all of you!

Ross leads "Super Fun Saturdays!"

 Special Thanks

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Wyo-Ben, a Bentonite clay manufacturing company in Billings, recently made a very generous donation to the Teen 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? Let us know. 

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

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