Tools, Tech and Teens: A-TAC Update

A-TAC, the Awesome Teen Advisory Council, has been industriously jamming out on projects since their debut at OMSI’s Mini Maker Faire last September. As a little refresher, A-TAC (Awesome Teen Advisory Council) is the design and programming conscience of OMSI and Multnomah County Library’s forthcoming Maker Center.

Sebastian, one of our three 3D Printers, and A-TAC members have been making rounds to MCL branch locations. There, they provide Multnomah County Library Teen Council Members an opportunity to learn from this emergent technology through printing 3D kitsch and one-off items. If you want Sebastian to visit a branch library near you please contact us at


Tinkering continues! This month has been particularly full of makery goodness. The amazing Mondopad, on loan from our pals at InFocus, provided a tangible way to visualize and engage with potential technology for the Maker Center. Kyle in particular found the touch screen and layering options agreeable.


Another prototyping adventure incorporated SparkFun Invertor’s Kits (thank you Best Buy!). Click here to see the fruits of Aaron’s labor, an Arduino program harnessing the power of LEDs. Creating projects like Aaron’s will be open to OMSI visitors in Maker Series Technology Lab classes and extended labs this fall.

Aside from designing the physical space for a Maker Center, A-TAC is working on mock-ups for a traveling Maker Center unit; This unit may feature kid sister versions of programming in OMSI’s upcoming Maker Center. Fingers crossed, late spring will find the unit built by A-TAC and popping up at various hot-spots around Portland.

If you are a teen interested in science, art, design and the like shoot an email to for details on A-TAC’s next meeting. Or send an email if you'd like to help A-TAC tinker with new and exciting materials!

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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