Technology, such as coding, gaming, videos, movies, phones, email, and the internet is the reality of our world today.
Technology, such as coding, gaming, videos, movies, phones, email, and the internet is the reality of our world today. The young generation who have a technical inclination and a creative mind need a space to combine the two together. Fortunately, the Denver Public Library has created Idea-Lab, a program where teenagers can put their creative thoughts onto the computer screen.
This summer, Idea-Lab was a program where kids from ages 12-18 could go to a designated room in the Denver Public Library and work on gaming, film, video production, art design, web design, homework, or making music. The lab was open for 20 hours a week during which participants could go and experience a variety of activities. It was a place where kids could exercise their mental and creative muscles instead of their athletic muscles.
“Idea-Lab is all about letting our creativity be expressed in any way we see fit,” says Mo Doumbia, a 15-year old participant in the program. As Mo says, participants came up with many ways to see their ideas come to life. Some of the projects they completed are song mashing, advertisements, robotics, music videos, YouTube introductions, green screens and special effects, and programming. One of the days, the group even filmed a four minute video about ninjas and Wi-Fi!
The seemingly most popular program that the teenagers worked with was Photoshop. “I like Photoshop probably because it’s the easiest,” explains 13-year old participant Luis Urbina. Their favorite piece they created using Photoshop was called “Gangsta’ Owl”.
The Denver Public Libraries’ Idea-Lab is a summer program that assists in making the tech-savvy minds of this generation flourish. It is a place to let creativity shine, have a blast, and be excited for more. With filmmaking, editing, gaming, and even more, Idea-Lab is a place for thinkers.