During Week 7 of this term, both the Centenary Library and the Senior Library celebrated ‘Teen Tech Week’. This week runs internationally from the 5-11th of March and endeavours to highlight the range of services school libraries provide to their students and staff beyond the supply of physical print resources. The week also aimed to show how our BGS Libraries are preparing our students for life in the technology-rich 21st century.
Year 7 & 8 students in the Centenary Library were provided with opportunities all week long to participate in ‘Teen Tech Week’. Lunchtime activities were organised for each day, with a week-long ‘Teen Tech Bingo’ activity also on offer. On Monday the library played host to a ‘Magformer Challenge’ where students were provided with a set amount of Magformer pieces and a time limit to create the best and most inventive Science Fiction inspired model. The winning creation was a wonderful futuristic shoe designed by a Year 7 student.
On Tuesday, students who visited during lunch found 20 different QR codes hidden around the library. Each code, when scanned with a provided iPad, contained a library-specific trivia question. Students were asked to find and answer all questions before the end of lunch to enter the draw to win a prize. Finding all proved quite challenging for some but a pair of Year 8 students answered all 20 correctly within the allotted time limit, and were crowned the winners of ‘Trivia Tuesday’.
‘Wristband Wednesday’, the craft activity for the week, was quite a popular task. Students were provided with a USB, some duct tape, cardboard, yarn and instructions on how to make a USB wristband. This proved quite a tricky task which the students enjoyed immensely, with many asking to continue working on their wristbands next week. One of the Year 8 students took his home, working on it that night with his own yarn and then wore it to Thursday’s event, with the end-product looking fantastic!
‘The Lunchbox Club’ were kind enough to host a come-and-try day in the Centenary Library during lunch on Thursday. This wonderful opportunity gave non-members of the makerspace club the opportunity for some hands-on experimenting with the robots, drones, circuits and Spheros that the club is lucky enough to work with every week. So many students walked away from this activity with giant smiles on their faces, and an excited attitude towards exploring more of the innovative technology the school and libraries have to offer.
On Friday, after such a busy week, the students were offered the opportunity to relax with one of the library’s favourite tech TV clips, Astroboy. Students watched the first episode titled ‘Birth of Astroboy’ and took time to contemplate all they had learned over the week. Thank you to all who helped organise, took part in activities or just attended to watch from afar; the events would not have been the same without you.
For more information about why we chose to celebrate ‘Teen Tech Week’ in our libraries please visit the official site.