On Saturday, Nov. 3, Washington County Library welcomed around 80 teens and volunteer mentors to R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury for the first-ever Teen Hackathon. Teens worked in groups with their mentor to learn the basics of coding and electronics, working to develop projects in the world of wearable technology. Wearable technology is a broad term that includes gadgets such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, heart rate monitors, and more. The field is in its infancy, and teens were charged with coming up with the next big thing using LilyPad boards, AdaFruit sensors, connective sewing thread, donated clothing, and some innovation.
Take a look at the slideshow to see the teams in action, as they test and tinker to create their projects in the timeframe allowed. Projects wrapped up by 4 p.m. and groups had a chance to present their results to their parents, Hackathon buddies, WashCoLib staff, and mentor volunteers.