Mentor registration for the next session of Partners in Technology is now open! Click here to register.
Registration for kids interested in Partners in Technology will begin on Monday, November 5, 2018. This program is for ages 10-14 only.
The eight-week session begins on Monday, January 21, 2019 and ends on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Once teams have been selected, meeting times are flexible! Participants may select any 1 hour time slot Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 through 8:00 pm.
About Partners in Technology
Partners in Technology pairs children ages 10-14 years old with an adult mentor from the community with experience in a technology field or area of study. Partners meet at the library weekly for one-hour sessions over the course of 8 weeks. Meeting times are chosen based on mentor and participant availability. During these sessions, partners explore coding, robotic, and circuitry/hardware concepts using a variety of free, open-source online and physical resources.
Partners in Technology is designed to help foster Computer Science and Computational Thinking skills while encouraging a love of learning and technology exploration. Sessions are led by participant interest and mentor expertise.
The Normal Public Library is looking for mentors and participants to grow and expand the Partners in Technology Program in the future. If you are interested in mentoring, you can register here. Student registration opens Monday, November 5, 2018 on this page. Please feel free to contact Danny Rice for more information.
*Due to limited resources, we will be capping participation to 25 teams each session. We try really hard to match as many teams as possible. We hope you’ll understand that the number of kids matched depends on the number of mentors that register – and vice versa! The library reserves the right to choose the volunteers who are able to participate in the program.
Volunteers are required to complete an orientation to be paired with a child. The number of volunteers matched is dependent upon the number of children who register for the program.
Anyone active in the program is welcome to request a letter verifying volunteer hours and outlining the general activities of the program for scholarships, job applications, etc.