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A Taste of Pi, Level-Up Labs and a Teen Summer Program

Monday, April 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Everyone likes a little Pi...

What do you know about Raspberry Pi? Not the kind you eat, obviously, but the kind you can build a computer with! Heard the buzz? Never heard of it? Either way, now’s the time to learn all about it during one of our upcoming Level-Up Labs!

Our popular Level-Up Lab series is back! These labs provide an opportunity for hands-on and in-depth learning about a variety of topics from the technical – like working with the Raspberry Pi – to the personal – such as our lab for women in leadership roles. And we’re adding more every day.

The Raspberry Pi lab will be led by Ann Schoenenberger, Digital Librarian and Certified Raspberry Pi Educator who works to level the playing field with technology at the Kenton County Public Library.

Have an idea for a topic you’d like to see covered during a Level-Up lab? Let us know! Have an area of expertise you’d like to share with your collegues in the SWON service area? Contact us and we’ll see if we can schedule you to lead a lab of your own! In the meantime, don’t forget to register for May 16th’s Raspberry Pi lab!

~Cassondra Vick, Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


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Register for the Raspberry Pi Level-Up Lab

In this lab you will learn about the Raspberry Pi as a tool for learning and accessing information. Topics covered will include an overview of the device, web access, gaming and Minecraft, Python, Scratch, physical computing, cameras and video, SonicPi and AstroPi. Run your first Python program, teleport with Minecraft, or make a light blink… and have great fun doing it!

SLIP into a new Summer Reading Model

Registration is open for SLIP -- SWON's new Teen Summer program. You could win $500 for your library's teens and engage your teens in the library's resources while you are doing it! Interested? Learn more here or register here!

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