This post is part of a series where YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in â€œmentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.â€ To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.
Today we will listen to a conversation about the Learning Lab with Kansas City Public Library, MO in partnership with Science City at Union Station from Andrea Ellis, Learning Lab Project Coordinator.
Some of the highlights of this podcast include:
â€¢ Kansas City having over 34,000 digital storytelling jobs and a 7% increase in STEM related careers
â€¢ Using a Mad Libs format to elicit feedback and â€˜buzzwords’ from teens helping plan the space and activities
â€¢ How a mobile component of the Learning Lab would work in the library
â€¢ Drawing on the professional community to continue to grow the program
â€¢ How prototyping and testing with teens and mentors really made the whole planning of the project all the more exciting
â€¢ How adult and youth relationships change through embracing HOMAGO