Project Next Generation

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The Moline Public Library is proud to present

Project Next Generation

 

Project Next Generation (PNG), an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, was established to help educate at-risk students and bridge the digital divide. By providing technology training for students, with limited access to computers, PNG empowers students to succeed academically and eventually as independent, contributing members of society.

 

In service of this mission, the PNG program offers grant funding to libraries for establishing after-school training programs that not only provide access to computers, software and various technology devices, but also hire mentors who are crucial to helping students develop self-confidence and pride in their newly acquired skills.

 

The value of this training is evidenced through increased confidence of students as they achieve success through project based learning; reinforced abilities and learning as libraries offer technology based experiences for participating students who might not otherwise have access; the enhanced ability of students to deal with life experiences and the future; and ultimately, the coupling of technology education with safe and friendly environments that foster communication with positive role models.

 

The Moline Public Library is proud to enter its sixth year of PNG. Programs are geared toward students in grades 4 through 10 to provide a transition between children’s and teen programming and offer a chance to experience a variety of equipment and technologies.

 

Beginning LEGO Robotics
Tuesdays, November 12 & 19 and December 3 & 10 @ 6:00 p.m.
This introductory series will teach students in grades 4-10 with little or no previous experience with robotics how to program motorized LEGO robots to perform basic tasks using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. Registration is required. This is a four-part series and attendance at all four sessions is recommended. An advanced series will take place in January.

Tween Sewing Circle
Thursday, November 14 and Monday, November 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4 through 10 can learn to sew using sewing machines and hand-stitching at the Moline Public Library. Create lap blankets and lap quilts to donate to a nursing home. Learn the basics on November 14 and 18 at 6:00 p.m. Drop back in on November 21, and December 5, 9, and 16 between 5:30 and 7:00 to continue to work on your projects. No registration is required for the drop-in sessions, and students who have not attended the previous sessions are welcome to attend.

LEGO Space Challenge
Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 21, 23, 28, & 30 @ 6:00 p.m.
This advanced series will allow students in grades 4-10 to build on their coding skills to complete various challenges. Registration is required. This is a four-part series and attendance at all four sessions is recommended. An advanced series will take place in January.

Pig Brain Dissection Class @ 6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 27
Students in grades 4-10 can learn about animal science through dissection of a pig brain. Registration is required and space is limited. Two additional dissection classes will take place on March 2 and March 30.

Photography Workshop
Thursdays, February 27 and March 5, 12, & 19 @ 6:30 p.m.

This four-part series will teach students in grades 4-10 various aspects of digital photography. Registration is required. This is a four-part series and attendance at all four sessions is recommended.

Music Mashup Workshop
Dates TBD
Students in grades 4-10 will learn how to import and digitally manipulate music clips to create their own unique sounds. This will be a two-part series and attendance at both sessions is recommended.

Cooking Classes
Dates TBD
Students in grades 4-10 can learn about food safety and nutrition and prepare an entire meal to enjoy. There will be a total of three independent sessions. Registration will be required and space will be limited.

Animal Programs with Niabi Zoo
Dates TBD
Students in grades 4-10 can interact with live animals while learning about their habitats, diet, adaptations, and behavior during a visit from Niabi Zoo. There will be two independent sessions. Registration will be required and space will be limited.

 

These programs are developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, or to register, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

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