The Paris-Bourbon County Library was honored and delighted to be selected as a grantee by YALSA for Teen Tech Week. As the Teen Services Librarian, I am using the funds furnished by Best Buy to purchase technology for a collaborative project more than a year in the making.
Paris is a small, rural community in Kentucky, but we are fortunate enough to have repository for local art and history in the Hopewell Museum. The Hopewell and its director Leah Craig have been close library partners for a while now, but we wanted to particularly focus on creating a long-term collaborative program that benefited the community’s teens. About a year ago, we began to discuss an idea for a monthly camp focused on combining graphic art, Scratch’s programming software, and maker technology to create interactive artwork.
My goal with this project was, and continues to be, to inspire creativity and critical thinking in middle and high school students by asking them to produce an interactive work of art. To that end, we used the funds provided by YALSA and Best Buy to purchase Makey Makey devices from JoyLabz, as well as a couple dozen Bare Paint’s conductive paint pens (which are totally awesome, by the way). My plan for this project, now dubbed Create It! Camp, is to encourage students to experiment with Scratch and Makey Makey, creating a program that interacts with an original piece of art created with conductive materials. The Hopewell Museum will host Create It! Camp and will also cover transportation costs with a generous scholarship provided by our local Rotary Club.