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

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)

Philadelphia Free Library Foundation Learning Lab pocast

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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