Join The Austin Public Library, the APL Friends Foundation and Dell employees for the grand opening of the Discovery Lab, a place for teens to discover new computer technology and the fascinations of science, at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch (formerly the Oak Springs Branch,) 3101 Oak Springs Dr., on Saturday, May 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. This fun-filled celebration will include youth activities, prizes, and remarks by Nobel Laureate Professor Steven Weinberg, who will share what originally made him interested in science. Expect to see lots of people in bright T-shirts! Young people who have been participating in Dell Discovery Lab activities will be honored and there will be food and fun for everyone. The Discovery Lab is made possible through a Dell Powering the Possible Learning Grant. The grand opening and the Discovery Lab itself are free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.
About the Discovery Lab
The Discovery Lab helps young people develop the skills needed to fully participate in this globalized technological society. The Austin Public Library works with Dell to provide experiences that will help break the cycle of poverty and inequality and remove barriers to education and literacy through providing access to computers, cameras, tablets and software that encourages creative abilities. Lab activities include a range of puzzles and activities that exercise four skills: Communication and Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Technological Literacy.
About the Dell Powering the Possible Learning Grant
Dell’s Powering the Possible program focuses on four areas of giving including learning, pediatric cancer research, disaster relief and social entrepreneurship. All four programs are designed to give to others through the power to do more, through a combination of Dell technology and solutions as well as Dell resources and know-how. The Dell initiative at the Austin Public Library falls into the Dell Powering the Possible Learning category of Dell funding and is providing youth at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch a jumpstart on learning for life.