In this poster presentation, I would like to discuss my personal experiences leading STEAM-based programming in Manhattan's Chinatown and detail the importance of exposing young people to experiences and resources they might not otherwise encounter. Over the past two years Chatham Square has been one of 6 branches across the NYPL consortium to lead Tech Clubs for Kids and Teens. These clubs are designed to give undeserved populations opportunities to learn STEAM related skills through opened ended programming centered on a suite of amazing tech tools. As a facilitator my goal is to spark spark an interest in new tools and skills, but also encourage young patrons to move past that initial spark to achieve sustained interest in these tools and a deeper understanding of ways to create and express themselves using technology.
I will discuss the evolution of my programs over the last two years, the types of technology I have used, and curriculum ideas for a range of budgets and ages. I will also detail my personal successes and pitfalls over the years in order to help library professionals gain an informed understanding about conducting similar programming . Additionally, I will speak about the specific impact these programming have on our community, which is largely comprised of first generation Chinese immigrants, and how it contributes to NYPL's overall goals of diverse community engagement.