Teen Tech-A-Thon

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20001

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The Labs at DC Public Library are hosting a Teen Techathon for Black History Month.

Meet professionals in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fields.

All day maker fair, interactive workshops and presentations.

FREE event. The Maker Fair is fun for the whole family. Workshops and Presentations are for teens (12+) only.

Keynote Speaker

Roye Okupe

Founder/Creative Director at YouNeek Studios

Roye Okupe is a creative specialist with a Master’s in Computer Science from The George Washington University. He is the founder of YouNeek Studios, where he pursues his dream of creating diverse superheroes. On August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. Okupe has been featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, The Guardian, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post, Mashabe and others.

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Located in A - 5

Featured Artist

Thaddeus Coates

Graphic Designer/ Founder of Hippy Potter Co.

Thaddeus Coates is an artist attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is a native Washingtonian and graduated from McKinley Technological High School. Coates is the founder of Hippy Potter, a design platform influenced by African American culture that incorporates aspects of Afrofuturism. He has been featured on Blavity, Revolt TV, Black and Gifted, Arcade 2.0, Think Pink and more.

Located in the Great Hall

10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Presentations are first come, first served. Tickets are not required. Seating is limited.

Dream Lab A

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., OCTO

  • 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Fiscal Note, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

  • 4p.m. - 5 p.m., NASA, Global Precipitation Measurement

Dream Lab B

  • 10 a.m - 11 a.m., NASA Goddard, NASA Goddard scientists Dr. Trena Ferrell and Mark Branch discuss their career and work at NASA

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Jabari Zakiya, Magic of Mathematical Thinking

  • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Draftspot, Innovating in the Digital Era through Mobile Apps

  • 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Esohe Irabor, Real Life Links Science, Sci-Fi and Fantasy


Participants must show valid ticket for entry.

Dream Lab A

  • 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Inspireme, The Power of Vision

Teens will discuss their future and create vision boards to take home with them. Workshop serves participants ages 12 and older.

Dream Lab B

  • 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Makersgeneration, Robots

Teens will create a small rolling robot with electronic components. Workshop serves participants ages 12 and older.

A- 3

  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., NASA, The Exploration and Evolution of Earth's Moon

A hands on exhibit regarding the exploration and evolution of the moon; how it formed and how it has evolved over time, how we're learning about it with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and how participants can analyze data from the mission from home. Worskop serves participants ages 12 and older.

  • 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Future Makers, Artbot & Electronics Invention Lab

Use motors, LED’s, batteries and simple circuitry to invent an artwork that moves and comes alive! Use conductive materials, build a switch, learn about the basics of electronics, and go home with a moving sculpture that gets you started on the path to making things come alive No experience needed, all supplies provided. Workshop serves participants ages 7 and older.

  • 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Koshland Science Museum, Extreme Event

This in-person role-playing game gives participants a taste of what it takes to build community resilience in the face of disaster. Players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced disaster simulation. Workshop serves participants ages 12 and older.

Rm. 311

  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Women Who Code, Javascript

Teens will learn Java Code. Workshop serves participants ages 12 and older.

  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., NBUF, HTML

Teens will learn HTML. Workshop serves participants ages 12 and older.

Mobile Tech Lab

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., KID Museum, Introduction to Scratch

Teens can design their own interactive animations, video games, and much more! Scratch is an accessible programming language. Learn to make your characters move, add sound, keep score, and design interactive elements for your game or animation. Workshop serves particpants ages 12 and older.


A Level

Panel Discussion

A-5, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Koshland Science Museum - Tech Shop DC - Center for Science Education -Fiscal Note - OCTO - Bravo Zulu Chess - Fantom Comics - NBUF and more!


Special thanks to the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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901 G Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20001

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