This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in “mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

FreeLibrary1-1 Today we will listen to a conversation about the Philadelphia Free Library Foundation Learning Lab from K-Fai Steele (pronounced Kay-F+eye), Teen Programming Specialist SteeleK@freelibrary.org.

Some of the highlights of this podcast include:
• Ideas on making a scalable model of YOUmedia Chicago (i.e. low cast and few resources)
• A partnership with Yasmin Kafai, Professor that studies learning theories and technologies
• e-crafting circles by the National Science Foundation
• Using Lilypad Arduinos to make wearable art
• Nashville Public Library
• YOUmedia Miami
• ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture in Washington DC
• Carnegie Public Library
• Maker Ed Initiative
• Connected Messages
• DML grant
• MakerJawn, Philadelphia Free Library highlighting mentoring youth
• Teaching Teens How to Fail (upcoming YALSA presentation at ALA annual in Las Vegas on Saturday of the conference)

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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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