Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Teens Engineer BHM Hosts Robotics Marathon Weekend at Central Library on November 5-6

Teen librarian Lance Simpson with
STEM students at Central Library

What: Teens Engineer BHM Robotics Marathon for middle and high school students
When: November 5, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; November 6, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Teen Zone, 2nd floor
Details: Free but registration required at lmsimpson@bham.lib.al.us or 205-226-3655

Teens Engineer BHM will host its first Robotics Marathon weekend November 5-6. “Hang out with us at the Central Library for a weekend of awesomeness complete with robots, programming, pizza, and our team of UAB School of Engineering students,” said Lance Simpson, system teen librarian for the Birmingham Public Library (BPL). “Our teens are very excited, and so are the UAB students with whom we've been working,” Simpson said. “This program will encourage students to push themselves academically, and prepare them for great success in future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) careers.”

BPL purchased 3D printers and other engineering equipment to expand the program after being chosen as recipient in February of $50,000 from the UAB Benevolent Fund, a grant program funded by UAB employees. Teens Engineer BHM afterschool program has expanded from the Central Library to the Woodlawn and Southside Branch Libraries. Woodlawn Library’s Teens Engineer BHM program meets on Mondays at 3:30 p.m.; Southside Library's on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.; and Central Library's on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m..

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