CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — It is known as the Tech-to-Go van and it is a hands-on, experiential cellular expertise lab, outfitted with laptops, e-readers, tiny robots and 3D printers to present youngsters and adults alike a possibility to discover their pursuits and study new ones with some rising expertise.
“After which discover what they’re excited about, discover what excites them, discover perhaps the place they’ve a expertise that they did not anticipate after which we will join them to organizations and different locations in our neighborhood that may actually assist them take that subsequent step,” Kevin Delecki stated.
Delecki is the Programming Supervisor for the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
There are tiny circuit boards to show electrical programming and coding.
“They’re going to draw and coloration totally different flowers with that conductive tape,” Delecki stated. “Then after they contact the flower, it should play a unique music that goes with that kind of flower so, ‘Tiptoe via the Tulips” and issues like that.”
Then there are the tiny robots to show scratch coding expertise.
“It is educating these fairly difficult expertise in a method that is virtually like coding by Lego,” Delecki stated. “The place you are simply becoming collectively the totally different blocks into one thing that works.”
These tiny robots may also be used to race and create artwork by driving them via blobs of paint on a big canvas.
If all of this makes you wish to be a child once more, you may.
“That is one thing most adults wish to play with, too, after they see them operating round,” Delecki stated.
As youngsters and oldsters work together with the expertise, the library workers will reply to what they study alongside the best way.
There’s a lengthy recreation plan that features bringing podcasting kits to varsities.
“Working with center faculty college students and having them work together with grandparents about their life story,” Delecki stated. “Then be capable to deliver these audio clips again and edit them right into a singular story from their faculty.”
Delecki hopes to show them to make use of expertise to file historical past and historical past within the making.
The library secured grant funding from the Giacoletto Basis, which helped buy the van, and Collins Aerospace, the Alliant Power Basis, ITC Midwest and the Cedar Rapids Public Library Basis.
The Tech-to-Go van will exit to the elements of town the place folks could not have entry to the library’s two places or have the quickest web entry. Starting June 7th, the Tech-to-Go van will go to Jacolyn Park, Hayes Park, Cleveland Park and Inexperienced Sq. Park.