Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 to be Power Up at Your Library Day. This initiative was created to promote innovation within the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields.
The Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library celebrated the day by taking part in technology-based activities during our regular Teen Hangout program.
Some of the teens created Vibrobots, tiny robots created out of small batteries, cell phone vibrating motors, and paper clips.
The teens also experimented by making simple circuits from batteries and LED lights. In one experiment, one of our teens applied many LED lights to one battery to see what would happened and hypothesized why adding an orange LED caused the white ones to go dim. They tried to create origami tealight holders for their circuits, but decided ultimately to improvise by creating their own design.
We also had video games for those who wanted to Power Up by playing Mortal Kombat.