“One yellow? There’s no yellow…” “Cut the second wire…!” “Ummmm…Ok…!”
Talk about team-building! These teens are bonding, as they try to deactivate a bomb…!
“49 seconds left!”
Of course, there’s no actual bomb here, it’s just a computer game.
The Greater Victoria Public Library‘s (GVPL) DigiLab Library Assistant Rebecca Baugniet explains.
“They approached the library with an idea for a space where teens could have access to new technologies – things they might not necessarily have access to at home.”
Devon Tatton is the GVPL Teen Services Librarian.
“The program is run by teens, for teens, and they sign up to take a volunteer training session with us,
“Once they’ve learned how to volunteer and run a program, they choose whatever they would like to run a program on…Whether it’s arts or technology, and we provide the supplies, and then they plan out the project, and run it for a group of teens like they’re going to do today.”
Grade eight student Chloe is spearheading today’s DigiLab. It’s all about Makey Makey kits.
“I’ve always kinda wanted to be…to just do something like this, and I haven’t really volunteered before, so I just decided to, you know, just go for it…” explains Chloe.
“All the hours that they’ve put into the planning process and the volunteer training get recorded,” says Tatton, “and we give them a really nice letter at the end of their volunteering, stating the hours that they’ve spent with us, and the different activities they’ve planned.”
Another grade eight student, Amelia, first joined DigiLab “just to get my volunteer hours.”
But then she found “it became lots of fun because I got to meet a ton of new people.”
While she’s just here to enjoy today’s DigiLab, Amelia has also hosted her own session. So, was she nervous?
“My first one I was because I was in charge and I had to kinda like, get everything ready…now I’m really excited, I’m not really nervous.”
Librarian staff are here to help if needed, but staff have found, their guidance is rarely needed.
“They completely take the lead on these programs.” explains Tatton.
“We’re really just here to help them along if they stumble a little bit or if they need some help figuring out how things run at the library, but they just take it and run with it and it’s kind of amazing how hands off we really are!”
Click here yo learn more about GVPL’s DigiLab For Teens.