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What: The SM Energy ideaLAB is a free digital media lab for teens ages 12 to 19 featuring tons of hardware and software.

Where: Central Library, Community Technology Center, Floor 4

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. 


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ideaLAB Carnival

Sunday, June 5, 1-3 p.m.
Central Library, Community Technology Center, Floor 4 SM Energy ideaLAB

A scene from the Simpsons, indicating the whimsical nature one can expect to find at the ideaLAB CarnivalWe're kicking off Summer of Making in ideaLAB with a Carnival! Come learn what you can make in ideaLAB. Get Pumped. Make Stuff and Win! Find out how at the ideaLAB Carnival. Summer of Making is for teens, ages 12-19.

ideaLAB Summer of Making

Make something, anything. Share it on Evolver between June 1 and August 13 and you could win a sweet prize!

Get all the details.


EPIC Lawn Party

Saturday, July 9, 2 - 4 p.m.
Civic Center Park

We're taking ideaLAB out of the LAB for a Summer Time Lawn Party in Civic Center Park. Put your fancy linen suit away, we're building weapons of mass-water-balloon-destruction. Who will be standing at the end? Teens Only, ages 12-19. Permission Slip required.

DevCamp 2016

DevCamp is a chance to learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, working side-by-side with professionals in the field. We'll build websites, talk to experts, and tour some amazing places. DevCamp is free for any teen age 12-19, and no prior coding experience is necessary. Registration is required and limited.

Learn more...

BuildCamp 2016

Learn the basics of computer repair by disassembling a computer and rebuilding it from the bottom up, installing an operating system, and more. Ages 12-19. Lunch provided, registration is required and limited.

Learn more...

Girls Who Code

Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Central Library, Community Technology Center, Floor 4 Large Classroom
Ages 12-19

Girls Who Code is an afterschool program for girls in middle school and high school to learn computer science in a collaborative, engaging, and intensive manner, working with women who work in technology fields. We'll be learning Python, building websites and games, and all kinds of other things. Denver Public Library is proud to start a Girls Who Code site, and tremendously thankful to the technology professionals who have already agreed to mentor and teach.

If you have questions about the program - especially if you are interested in volunteering! - please contact us at ctc@denverlibrary.org.

Saturday Code Club

Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.
Central Library, Community Technology Center, Floor 4 SM Energy ideaLAB
Ages 10-19

Meet every Saturday to learn how to code! We'll have a demonstration at 1 p.m. and then time to work on a project at 2 p.m., with new topics every month. In February, we'll be making art and choose-your-own-adventure games in Scratch, and in March we'll design apps for Android using App Inventor.

See the Current Community Technology Center Events Calendar (PDF) or Browse All Teen ideaLAB Events.


DevCamp 2.0

DevCamp 2.0 was several week-long summer camps on web development for teens ages 12-19. These camps were held during the summer of 2015. Learn more...

A big thank you to our DevCamp 2.0 community partners!

For DevCamp 2.0 each group was asked to pick a problem facing their community and to come up with a website that would help solve that problem. Here is what they developed:

Hadley, June 2015

Hadley, July 2015

Central, July 2015

DevCamp 2014

Learn more about DevCamp, a two-week crash course in web development for teens that was held during the summer of 2014. And be sure to check out the sites the teens developed:

A big thank you to our DevCamp partners!

Stay in the loop - follow ideaLAB on tumblr!

See what's going on in the ideaLAB - follow us on tumblr for the latest on ideaLAB news, events and other cool stuff!

Project Cards

Learn how to create awesome stuff! These project ideas are a great way to earn badges, too:

Art & Design Project Cards
Electronics Project Cards
Game Design Project Cards
Music Project Cards
Video Project Cards
Web Design Project Cards

Teen-Created Projects

Contribute your ideaLAB project!