Berkeley, CA: TechHive Richmond, VA: The MiX New York, NY: DreamYard Art Center New York, NY: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)

The Story of Science Museums in the YOUmedia Network

Three staff from science museums in the YOUmedia Network gathered in New York to do some professional development around what YOUmedia looks like in a science center. Matt Baker from The MiX (Science Museum of Virginia), David Wells from Maker Space (New York Hall of Science), and Matt Chilbert from TechHive (Lawrence Hall of Science) recorded a follow-up conversation where they reflect on initial challenges to starting a teen-focused program, and move toward current challenges around expanding to different age groups, and considerations on funding and sustainability within their science centers. Read the rest »

New York, NY: DreamYard Art Center

Maker Programs Strive to Reach All Students

Through training and outreach, maker programs aim for greater diversity among future innovators.

The maker movement is everywhere it seems. Kids tinkering with sewing machines or laser cutters, designing their own cookie cutters to “print” in a 3D-printer at libraries, museums, maker camps, or classrooms across the country. Read the rest »

Billings, MT: TECH Lab Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library Philadelphia, PA: LEAP/Maker Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP

Moving Past Start-Up: Supporting Library Makerspaces Over Time

A group of YOUmedia makerspaces band together to innovate and support library makerspaces facing the opportunities and challenges distinctive to the middle, “post-emergent” years.

The start-up phase of any project is often the most heady—long hours, innovative breakthroughs, visionaries with big ideas. Read the rest »

Norfolk, VA: YOUmedia Norfolk

Norfolk Public Library Joins the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network

Berkeley, CA, May 23, 2017 — Joining a network of colleagues across the country, the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network extends affiliate status to the youth program at the Norfolk Public Library, making the program the thirty-first lab in the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network. Read the rest »

Billings, MT: TECH Lab

Six community crates will help bring the library to young learners

The Billings Public Library loves to have students in for a visit. But it also wants students — and their teachers — to be able to bring the library into the classroom.

A $20,000 grant from Phillips 66 to the Billings Public Library Foundation will enable just that, beginning this summer. Read the rest »