Teen Tech Week!

We are celebrating Teen Tech Week this week, and the CTC is an amazing resource for all your projects and tinkering! We have it staffed by the Student Help Desk every block.

In the library we will have a few items to experiment with that all came out of our CTC, we hope it inspires a spark to create, and there is help available to turn ideas into reality.

Here is a short list of some of our available items:

  • Squishy Circuits – Did you know that Play-Do conducts electricity?
  • Cardboard Guitar Hero – check out how to make games with a few wires, cardboard, and our MakeyMakey
  • Sew-able Circuits – your clothes and accessories can really light up your night
  • Programmable embroidery in the CTC – your stuff, your style


Come check them out, see library staff or CTC help desk students with any questions.


Check out this LED lit Prom Attire


March Madness Book Bracket

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite works in our

Library March Madness Book Bracket!

Help us determine the top Book!

Vote in each round to advance your favorite works. You do not have to have read all the works to participate, see how below.


Short on time? Read one paragraph, page, or chapter from each work and see which styles you like the most. Pay attention to:

  1. Sentence length, structure, variation, and position.
  2. The use of sensory details, figurative language, and other literary devices.
  3. The use of sound devices–alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, repetition.
  4. The use of dialogue.
  5. Word choice.
  6. Tone.
  7. The use of local color (literary: idioms and slang).
  8. The use of irony.



For our graphic section, look at a few panels, pages, or chapters and pay attention to:


  1. The way of drawing (such as the degree of stylization, the amount of and types of lines used, etc.)
  2. Mise en scène and framing
  3. The type of coloring
  4. Formal appearance of verbal elements
  5. Word choice and feel
  6. The use of sound devices–alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, repetition
  7. The use and structure of dialogue.

CAD Workshop during WIN Block 1/30/19

Are you interested in learning how to create images in 3D?
Have you wanted to learn to use Computer Aided Design or CAD software?
Then please join us for the CTC Lecture Series BlocksCAD workshop.

What is BlocksCAD?
BlocksCAD is a block-based programming interface that allows you to spend less time getting started using CAD allowing you to start designing more quickly.

The BlocksCAD workshop is happening during WIN Block on Wednesday, January 29th in the Video Editing Mac Lab in E Wing. Limited seating is available. Sign up in the WIN Block SignUp Genius – or at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/blockscad

Joe Davis: ‘Ad Archaea Ad Astra’ Analyst, Artist, Adventurer

Joe Davis’ Creative Technology Lecture ‘Ad Archaea ad Astra’ will address his study of ancient organisms such as salt crystals and meteorite and how he uses ‘junk’ DNA material to uncover creative opportunities that blend science and art. Joe just got back from Moscow where he shared his transgenic and metalized silks that were inspired by spider webs. He is excited about a newly minted project with the German cultural ministry for the creation of a (his words) “temporary institute for the unification of knowledge”. Joe currently teaches at Harvard.

Joe’s works includes centrifuges, radios, prosthetics, magnetic fields, and genetic material. Davis' teaching positions have been at MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Davis' works include the sculpture Earth Sphere, a landmark fog fountain at Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, near the MIT campus; [1] RuBisCo Stars, a transmission of a message to nearby stars from the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico, carried out in November 2009; [2][3]  New Age Ruby Falls, a project to create an artificial aurora using a 100,000 watt electron beam fired into the magnetosphere from a NASA space shuttle
(which has not yet been carried out); [4]  and Microvenus, a piece of symbolic art involving engineering the genetic code
of a microbe.

Date: 01/09/2019 (Wed.)Time: 9:30am – 10:30am ESTLocation: Library

Programming for a living: what they don’t teach you in school

Do you enjoy coding?  Would you like to know a little more about what a career in coding might be like?

John Gregg is a computer scientist and programmer.  Working as a programmer since the 1980’s, he has made many observations about what it is like to work as a programmer including the culture, climate of different companies, how to get hired, writing code, editing existing code, specifications, myths and more.

This will be a frank discussion about what it is like to program for a living.

Please join us in the library during WIN Block on December 12th.

Date: 12/12/2018 (Wed.)Time: 9:30am – 10:30am ESTLocation: Library