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Blackstone Library Offers Spring Maker Camps for Teens
Posted on January 12th, 2016

​Made possible with a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act, Blackstone Library is offering free Learning Labs to teach teens 3D printing, circuitry, programming and sewing.
Branford, Conn: Learning Labs at Blackstone Library are back for the spring. Learning Labs are free maker camps for young adults, ages 12 and up. The first session of Learning Labs was held in summer 2015. Participants had a great time learning how to use Sketchup to design their own 3D printed projects, creating temperature-sensing machines, and light-up arm bands.
For the second series of Learning Labs, there are three different sessions. The goal of each session is for teens to learn new skills and get exposure to new technologies, meet other makers, gain confidence in themselves and their abilities, and, most importantly, to have fun. Teens who participate in the Learning Labs and who wish to help teach will be given the opportunity to sign up to be volunteer Learning Labs Leaders in the future.
Session A is an introduction to 3D Printing. Participants will learn how to design, create and print 3D files with instructor Randolph Pareja. The 3D Printing classes will be held on Saturdays in February, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27).
Learning Labs Session B will take place in March. Instructor Jim Davis will teach young adults how to combine 3D printing, LEDs and circuitry, programming and Arduino microprocessors to create a working electronic project. Arduino classes will be held on Saturdays in March, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26).
The last of the spring Learning Labs (Session C) will be held the first two weeks in April. This exciting session will show participants how to use conductive thread and LED lights to create a wearable electronic project. Teens will learn the basics of sewing and circuitry from instructor Zenaida Barrios, and will create a lighted project they can wear! Learning Labs Session C meets Saturdays, April 2 and 9, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Registration for all three sessions is required. Please call Youth Services to register, 203-488-1441, extension 323.
The Blackstone Library has embraced the philosophy of the maker movement, which emphasizes learning through exploration, creation, and innovation – all essential and valuable skills for teens. The Learning Labs promote ‘learning through making’ with a focus on technological and problem-solving skills that are crucial for success in today’s world. We are committed to our mission to provide educational and enrichment programs to the town of Branford, and with the grant-funded Learning Labs, give teens the opportunity to spend the spring learning new skills, connecting with other makers and ideas, and creating something of their very own.
Support for the Learning Labs is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
Please contact the Blackstone Library at 203-488-1441 with any questions or to register for any of the Learning Labs programs, visit our website at

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