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Durham County Library Hosts STEM Programs for Teens

Program: STEM Programs for Teens
Date: Beginning Monday, June 16
Time: Varies depending on program
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a series of STEM programs for teens beginning on Monday, June 16, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro Street. The programs are part of the Teen Tech Learning Lab – Where Science and Imagination Collide!, an initiative funded in part by a grant from Duke Energy Foundation and aimed at providing teens and young adults with ongoing experiential learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields.

Durham County Library staff developed the idea for the Teen Tech Learning Lab after noticing that few of the teen “regulars” participated in organized, academic enrichment activities, mostly due to affordability. Many of these teens also lacked support at home between 2 and 6 p.m. during the week. This year-round program seeks to provide real-life, hands on projects that reinforce STEM topics while addressing the need for a nurturing and supportive out-of-school environment.

Upcoming programs include:

  • Phot-o-genic, Wednesdays, July 9, 30, 2 – 3 p.m. – teaches the science and technology of photography. In this interactive program, teens use digital cameras to capture sight and sounds. All supplies will be provided.
  • Techie Teens, Mondays, June 16, 30; July 14, 21; August 4, 11, 3 – 5 p.m. – provides teens with a laptop, 3Doodler or iPad to play games or create.
  • Simple Science, Tuesdays, June 17; July 8, 15; August 5, 4 – 5 p.m. – features simple science experiments from Lava Lamps to candy.
  • Aromatic Science, Thursday, July 17, 4 – 5 p.m. – teaches about the chemistry of essential oils. Teens will be able to pick an essential oil to create a body butter or body spray.
  • Solar Cooking, Tuesday, July 1, 2 – 3 p.m. – In this interactive program, Recyclique demonstrates how to construct a solar cooker. Dr. Sandy Smith-Nonini will discuss the benefits of cooking with the sun.
  • Rain Barrel Painting Workshop, Tuesday, July 22, 2 – 3 p.m. – offers an opportunity to paint a rain barrel and learn about water conservation.

In addition to hosting programs throughout the year, the initiative seeks to provide improved equipment for the learning lab, form a peer “Teen Advisory Board,” cultivate community partnerships, establish a tutorial program and provide scholarships for teens to attend science and math-based camps.

Durham County Library also received contributions towards this campaign through the Durham Library Foundation, including support from GlaxoSmithKline and Friends of the Durham Library.
For more information, contact Placedia Nance at 919-560-0122 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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