The Teen Education and Creation Hub (TECH) Lab is located on the Library's second floor in the Integra Learning Lab and is a space where teens can hang out, explore, design, and create fun projects in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
The TECH Lab is equipped with a wide assortment of technology, equipment and software, including PCs, Macs, iPads, cameras, a green screen, a sound booth, drawing tablets, games, art supplies, and more! Teens ages 13-18 are invited to come and check out this exciting, teen-only space!
Join us for a fun night of stargazing and astronomy themed trivia!
Members of the Yellowstone Valley Astronomy Association will be demonstrating how to use Stellarium, a free star gazing application that will turn you into an amateur astronomer and star gazer! Learn how to navigate the night skies to find some amazing celestial bodies, and then stick around for astronomy themed trivia! The Stellarium presentation will be held from 6-7 pm, with trivia following from 7-8:30 pm.
Phillips 66 has provided a generous grant to the library for the creation of 6 STEAM crates that will soon be available for check-out, and we are going to hold a trivia night for each of the crates! This session will focus on astronomy, so bring the family and come down for snacks, prizes, and a look at the Astronomy Crate and all of the equipment that will come with it! Registration is required, so call 657-8290 to sign a team up today!
Trey was raised in Montana. He enjoys reading, playing video games, programming, and learning new things. He is currently studying Computer Programming at MSUB City College. He didn't have big goals or ambitions (he also dropped out of public schools at a young age), and he didn't think he could afford to go to college since his family has always been poor. But teachers at the Lincoln Center encouraged him to go to college and apply for financial aid. Now he has a 3.9 GPA and many great opportunities afforded to him, including this mentorship!
Trey leads "Problem Solving with Programming" on Tuesdays.
Parker was born and raised in San Diego, California, and is here in Billings to study aviation at Rocky Mountain College. He enjoys flying airplanes and playing video games, especially Minecraft. Parker has big goals for himself when he graduates; he hopes to become an airplane pilot and fly people around the world. He joined the mentor program to gain leadership skills
Parker leads "Minecraft Thursdays."
Chloe is a returning mentor. She is majoring in Equestrian Studies with a focus in Therapeutic Riding and Psychology at Rocky Mountain College. She moved to Billings from Austin, Texas, where she lived for ten years. Chloe loves exploring the city, going to the farmer's market, taking photos, and reading. She also enjoys studying micro-invertebrates, as known as water bugs. She joined the mentoring program to help kids like her.
Chloe grew up poor and battled with mental health issues in high school. She received help from a local nonprofit that helped at-risk teens and went on to become a mentor and a student representative on their board of directors. She wants to provide the same support she was given, so that other teens can see that they can always change their situation, even in small ways.
Chloe leads "Arts and Crafts" on Saturdays.