Teen Tech


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Mindstorm Robotics

In Mindstorm Robotics we use LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits to explore engineering, visual programming, problem solving, creativity, and teamwork. Each team will build a robot using the kits and follow directions from the instructor to achieve an objective.

In this class the instructor uses Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.

The Mindstorm Robotics program meets for two sessions and individuals are required to register through our calendar in order to attend.


Homeschool Robotics

The library offers a semester-long beginner and intermediate robotics program for homeschooled students aged 10 to 18. 

This program uses Mindstorm EV3 Robotics. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit engages teens in building a robot with sensors and to achieve an objective. Using teamwork, everyone works towards an assigned task.

Students should leave with improved logical thinking and problem-solving capabilities as a result of participating in this program.

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Monday Mania

Come to East Arlington Branch Library to play games, hang out with friends, and use your personal account to build your Minecraft world!

Importance of Minecraft

Giving players the opportunity to build using blocks, stone, wood and even lava, Minecraft is definitely a computer game that provides ample opportunity for learning and intellectual stimulation. Minecraft hones player’s ability to engineer complex buildings, but there is also a survival aspect as well. Players must beat inclement weather and adverse landscapes in order to work together to achieve a common goal—and say out of the way of enemy mobs. More and more teachers are using Minecraft in the classroom to teach not only computer literacy but also impart valuable STEM skills- students must use science, technology, engineering and math in order to become Minecraft masters!

For more information on Minecraft, go to their main website  or the Minecraft-sponsored wiki. If you are a parent/teacher needing some more information about the educational aspects of the game here are two great articles from blogger, MineMum, and the more mainstream press, The Atlantic.


Computer Programs

You can find design, writing, music, video and lots of other software for all your Teen Tech needs at the Teen Zone.

  • Adobe Acrobat 8
  • Celtx Screenwriting Software (Mac)
  • Comic Life
  • Illustrator CS3
  • Photoshop CS3
  • Sketchup (PC Creative Station)
  • Wacom Tablet
  • After Effects CS3
  • Digital Camcorder
  • Encore
  • DVD creator CS3
  • Flash CS3
  • iDVD and iMovie (Mac)
  • Premiere Pro Video Editor CS3
  • Roxio My DVD (PC)
  • Soundbooth CS3
  • Audacity
  • Contribute HTML editor CS3
  • Dreamweaver CS3
  • Fireworks editor CS3
  • Flash CS3
  • Soundbooth CS3
  • Garageband (Mac)