Tween STEAM—That’s A Wrap!

Tween STEAM was a fun way for families to learn together.

As summer fades into fall, we’re reflecting on a special partnership that made this a truly meaningful and memorable season. We’re talking about Tween STEAM!

For the second summer in a row, we expanded our EdExchange professional development program into several branches of the Austin Public Library system. We teamed up with APL for Tween STEAM, a fun, free summertime program designed to engage local students and combat summer learning loss.

Tween STEAM was a unique opportunity for tweens and teens to explore STEAM subjects in an immersive environment with Thinkery staff. Participants explored and tinkered with circuits, Makey Makey, littleBits, stop-motion animation software and wire wearables in five different 90-minute programs.

And it was a huge hit! In all, more than 730 students attended a Tween STEAM session at one of 19 participating APL branches (14 returning branches and five new branches!), with many families traveling to multiple branches all summer long.

We had a blast creating, connecting, collaborating and bringing STEAM into our community. Thank you, City of Austin GTOPS program, Dell and Capital One, for making this innovative program possible.

Summer fun with Thinkery and Austin Public Library!
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