Visit the TECH Lab - A space for teens to come in, hang out and use 21st century technology to create exciting projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

TECH Lab Summer Hours:

Focus Time: 1-3 pm
Open Lab: 3-6 pm
Open Lab 1-5 pm

Daily Focus Time Topics:

Tuesday: Robotics
Wednesday: Computer Science
Thursday: Gaming
Friday: A/V


Teen Events At-a-Glance

We have a lot of things going on at the library, so here's a quick list of all of our upcoming events. Scroll down the page to find more info on the program you're interested in, or call us at 696-8538.

  • TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence
  • Featured Program: Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?
  • Make an Arduino Powered Piano
  • End of Summer STEAM Week: 
    •        LEGO Robot Maze Challenge
    •        Eclipse Program
    •        Periodic Table Battleship
    •        Makey-Makey Maze
    •        Fiber Arts Day
  • Tabletop Gaming Club
  • Teen Book Group
  • Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence
Interested in being the TECH Lab's next Artist-in-Residence? Have some interesting skills you want to share? Or maybe just interested in working with teens, and making some extra money for it? Contact Cody at 696-8538 or e-mail him at allenc@ci.billings.mt.us.

Featured Program

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Wednesday, August 16th

1 pm in the Community Room

On August 21st, Billings will see a 93% solar eclipse. What does this mean? What causes a solar eclipse? This presentation will teach you about solar eclipses. There will be a limited number of solar eclipse glasses provided to program attendees while they last. Shirley Greene, a Solar System Ambassador through JPL NASA, will be giving the presentation. All ages are invited!


Upcoming Programs

Make an Arduino Powered Piano

August 9 & 10

5-7 pm in the TECH Lab

Learn how to use an Arduino board to produce sound output! We will learn some basics of C coding to write out the program, then actually connect the buttons and cables to the Arduino board. Once your piano is assembled, you will be able to play the keys like a piano and make songs! This is a two part workshop, so plan on coming both days. Call 657-8290 to sign up.

arduino piano

End of Summer STEAM Week

August 15-19

1-3 pm in the TECH Lab

Sadly, summer is drawing to a close. But before it’s gone we’re going to send it out with another awesome STEAM week! All programs are in the TECH Lab except for the special eclipse program on August 16th.

Tuesday, 8/15: LEGO Robot Maze Challenge

We've attached color sensors to our LEGO Robots, and built a duct tape maze on the floor. Can you program the robot to get through the maze using the color sensor? 

Wednesday, 8/16: Eclipse Program (in the Community Room, not the TECH Lab)

Learn about solar eclipse, pick up some free eclipse glasses, and get ready for the eclipse on August 21st!

Thursday, 8/17: Periodic Table Battleship

It's just exactly like it sounds. Play Battleship using the periodic table instead of the typical game board!

Friday, 8/18: Makey-Makey Maze

Learn how to build a simple maze using Scratch coding, and then hook up a Makey-Makey kit to the computer and see what conductive objects you can use to get through your maze!

Saturday, 8/19: Fiber Arts Day

Come to the lab and learn how to knit or crochet, or make any kind of fiber arts craft you want.

periodic table

Tabletop Gaming Club

Thursdays at 3 PM

Join a local teen as he leads a group dedicated to playing a variety of tabletop games, from Dungeons & Dragons to Clue! Come and join the fun, or bring your own game and share it with others!

Teen Book Group

​Thursday, Jul 20th, 4:00-5:00 pm

Teen Study 2

Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. In July, we're reading Andrew Smith's The Marbury Lens. An engrossing horror/fantasy hybrid, this page-turner will be best appreciated by those with a taste for ambiguous endings, as the author explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.
Register and reserve your copy of the book by calling 657-8290.
Teen Book Group

Teen Advisory Group
Teens who are 13 to 19 years of age can apply to be part of our Teen Advisory Group - the TAG.  The TAG advises the library about programs for teens, helps promote services, and volunteers at the library.

Volunteering at the Library

Are you looking for ways to spend your free time? The TECH Lab is looking for 16-18 year old teenagers to help lead and mentor younger teens in the lab during open hours. Volunteers need to be interested in technology, willing to teach and learn alongside other teens, and be in the lab for a minimum of 4 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, or just give back to your community! For more information, contact Cody in the TECH Lab. Submit an online application here.

Local Teen Interviews Architect of Billings Public Library

Katelyn Bauer interviewed Will Bruder, the architect for the new Billings Public Library building,
and used the TECH Lab equipment to edit the video together. Way to go Katelyn!

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