Earlier this year, the Library was very happy to learn that Verisk Analytics would continue supporting our Summer of Making programs during the pandemic. We also received funds from Con Edison to support two weeks of afternoon programming this summer as well. This year we faced a big challenge: how to offer these programs virtually.
The Library hired two Edge-ucators to run our virtual programs for teenagers. Carolina Melo grew up in White Plains and graduated from White Plains High School. She recently graduated from Parsons School of Design with an MFA. Michael Brand is a student at Iona College focusing his studies on cyber security. They put together a series of programs that focused on coding and crafts. Michael taught teens coding with Python and Java, and taught a video game design program. Carolina taught students about circuitry by adding an artistic element and showed students how to make a battery out of pennies. She also taught a workshop on stop motion animation, and showed teens how to build a tripod out of cardboard and toilet paper rolls. Her last program was on making pop-up cards. Teens learned paper engineering techniques and ended up with a small book showing all of these techniques.
Our Edge-ucators faced a very difficult challenge but rose to it. We had little experience in how to run these programs and what the difficulties would be, but Carolina and Michael did an amazing job preparing and teaching these workshops. The teens all enjoyed them and learned a lot.