Hands-On Learning Centers for Youth

“Transforming Libraries and Museums into 21st Century Learning Labs: In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will fund the creation of 30 new hands-on learning YouMedia centers across the country” according to a press release issued today.

These learning centers are part of an effort to advance President Obama’s goal for youth to be creators of content and not just consumers, as part of his ‘Educate to Innovate’ campaign.

The centers will be based on the YOUmedia teen space at the Chicago Public Library. A good foundation for understanding how digital media and learning are being incorporated into spaces can be found in this book: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out.

The MacArthur Foundation will be running a national competition for these centers in 2011. What are some things you’d want (or not want) in your learning space for teens?

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.
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