DIGILAB FOR TEENS
Learn to code with Sphero SPRKs, build Deadpool out of perler beads, or plant a flag at the top of Mount Everest using a green screen and a phone app.
DigiLab’s tech and craft gear is chosen by teens, for teens, so you can hang out with friends and create, innovate and learn through play.
Programs are planned and led by teen volunteers with the support of library staff.
Lead a DigiLab Program
Teen volunteers lead our DigiLab programs with the help of a library staff member. You can earn volunteer hours and use your creativity and tech skills to inspire others. We are looking for teens who are outgoing, personable and familiar with technology and the arts, or teens who are looking to develop leadership and public speaking skills.
First-time DigiLab volunteers, please complete the DigiLab training session and submit a Teen Volunteer Referral Form.
What’s in the DigiLab
- Google Cardboard
- Ultimaker 2GO 3D Printer
- HTC Vive virtual reality headset
- Intuos Draw digital art tablets
- DIY Photo Booth
- Sphero SPRKs
- Makey Makey
- Green screen
- Lighting and microphones
- Video cameras and tripods
- Alienware laptops with video editing software
- Craft supplies (e.g. perler beads, rainbow loom)
The DigiLab was created after a group of Esquimalt teens approached GVPL with an idea: to develop a program in which youth lead and design activities for other youth. Thanks to funding from the United Way of Greater Victoria in 2015, GVPL staff worked with the teens to choose equipment and supplies to create the DigiLab kits. Youth use the DigiLab to explore their creativity, grow their tech skills, build leadership skills and connect with new people.
The DigiLab was made possible thanks to a grant from the United Way of Greater Victoria.