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Posted on: October 5, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Techie teens invited to create the next big thing

Washington County 2018 Teen Hackathon

Washington County Library invites teens to test and tinker with wearable technology at its first-ever Teen Hackathon on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Central Park in Woodbury.

The hackathon is a free, all-day event for techies of all ability levels in grades 7 - 12. Teens will work in groups and spend the day designing and coding projects in wearable technology. Mainstream examples of wearable technology today include items like fitness trackers, the Apple Watch, and Google Glass. The expanding field of wearable technology is still in its infancy, and teens participating in the hackathon have a very real chance of imagining and creating the next big tech breakthrough.

Volunteer mentors will work with each group to help teens brainstorm through the design process, research, and troubleshoot challenges. Mentors will also help their group present the finished wearable tech project to an audience. Washington County Library is accepting applications for volunteer mentors until Oct. 15. Volunteers do not need to have experience creating wearable technology, but should have an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math.

Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Registration for teens is required by Oct. 30 to take part in the hackathon. The event is open to 100 teen participants. Register here

For more information for both teens and volunteers, visit the Teen Hackathon page

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