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MakerSpace: Tech Take Apart

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If you’re library is like mine, you probably have a lot of old, nonfunctional tech laying around that you are waiting to discard. Don’t discard it – use it! One of my favorite activities to do with teens is Tech Take Apart.

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It’s really as simple as it seems, you give the teens some tools (and protective eye wear!) and let them take the tech apart to see what the inside looks like.

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And if you want to be really creative, you can give them a hot glue gun and let them make “robots” out of the tech pieces. Granted, these are not functional robots – though there is not reason that the teens couldn’t try to make functional robots. For example, they could combine them with LittleBits to make a moving part(s).

And here’s a bunch of cool photos from our recent Tech Take Apart Day at The Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH).

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If you wanted to let teens hack your old computers and not just take them apart to make robot art, you can look at these two books to start with.

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We were recently super impressed because we had two broken 3D pens and a teen took them both apart and used pieces from one to fix the other. He turned 2 broken 3D pens into one working 3D pen. It was a beautiful thing.

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