Free STEAM for Your Teen at Austin Public Library

Teen STEAM - Stop Motion Animation
Stop motion animation at Austin Public Library’s Southeast Branch.

Thinkery is partnering with Austin Public Library for a summer full of free STEAM activities. Teen STEAM is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Thinkery is expanding our EdExchange professional development program into several branches of the Austin Public Library system. The collaboration—a free summertime program, Teen STEAM—is an exploration of science, technology, engineering, art and math for local youth ages 10–17.

IMLS Grant - Teen STEAM training with APL Librarians
Local librarians attended EdExchange training at Thinkery to prepare for Teen STEAM.

In order to bring Teen STEAM programming to Austin Public Library, local librarians attended a two-day EdExchange training at Thinkery. They explored e-textiles, animated storytelling, and mechanics and movement—everything needed to prepare for a summer of STEAM-focused fun.

From programming to puppetry to paper circuits, each 90-minute Teen STEAM session engages pre-teens and teens in STEAM topics. Learn how to program your own interactive stories, games and animation in Scratch Coding, offered June 17, July 20 and July 26. Try your hand at Stop Motion Animation—programs are scheduled for June 17, July 8, July 15 and July 19. Add a little Makey Makey Madness to your life on July 20 and July 29.

Teen STEAM Stop Motion Animation with APL
Teen STEAM is a fun (and free) way to engage pre-teens and teens (ages 10–17) in STEAM topics.

We’re beyond thrilled to collaborate with Austin Public Library and bring free STEAM programming to our community this summer. Teen STEAM runs through July 29—find a free program near you!

Teen STEAM collaboration with Austin Public Library
Teen STEAM participants making looping image sequences in Stop Motion Animation, a free program offered this summer at multiple Austin Public Library branches.

Here’s a list of upcoming sessions that should be on your radar.

Wednesday, June 15 at 4 pm – Carver Branch: Paper Circuits & E-Textiles
Friday, June 17 at 2 pm – Howson Branch: Scratch Coding
Friday, June 17 at 2 pm – Little Walnut Creek Branch: Stop Motion Animation
Monday, June 20 at 2 pm – Southeast Branch: Mechanical Magic
Friday, June 24 at 3 pm – Yarborough Branch: Mechanical Magic
Tuesday, June 28 at 3 pm – Terrazas Branch: Paper Circuits & E-Textiles
Thursday, June 30 at 3 pm – Yarborough Branch: Paper Circuits & E-Textiles

Teen STEAM is funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
These activities are offered in collaboration with Thinkery. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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