March 5: We kicked off Teen Tech Week with a movie and popcorn. Showing was the Oscar winning short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Louisiana native, William Joyce. There were two showings to accommodate everyone.
The Voelkels are on the big screen skyping with the students
March 6: Pamela and Jon Voelkel skyped with us from Vermont. The writing duo have a series called, The Jaguar Stones. It is an adventure story set in today's world, and a boy named Max must travel to Central America to save his archaeologist parents from some ancient Mayan spirits. The Voelkels visited PFTSTA in 2010 and again in 2011. The students are big fans, and the Voelkels' presentations are so entertaining. Though they could not travel to see us again, they were able to visit us virtually. The discussion between the students and the authors was all over the map, but the intent was for the Voelkels to talk about the technology available to the Maya. They explained how corn was cultivated, then the conversation ran from there. The students had questions about Mayan society in general and even asked some questions about the books, too.
March 7 & 9: We had a crafting activity scheduled for two days. With the limited space in the library, we had to limit the number of students who could work each day. We were also looking for zero injuries in the use of the exacto knives. The Mechs were colorful, fun, and there were many designs to choose from, so there were not many repeats. You can make your own Mech by printing a PDF on your color printer.
This year we used questions from Google a Day for the Research Riddles. We pulled up older ones so the students couldn't find the answers on Google. For each question, we suggested a different search engine that could be used to answer the riddle. This way the students had experience with yippy.com, quintura.com, wolframalpha.com, duckduckgo.com and blekko.com. You might want to check out one of these search engines, too.
The middle school students were more enthusiastic about the research riddles' activity than the high school students
Social Media Wall We asked the students to list their favorite social media. Here are some of the sites which they like to use more than any others: Facebook, Tumblr, Deviantart, Youtube, Stumbleupon, Google +, Skype, Twitter, Dailezz, and Reddit.