Howard library holds HiTech expo

The Howard County Library System is holding an expo to showcase the work of students in the HiTech program.

The expo, Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City, is free and open to the public, as well as families of HiTech students.

Since January 2012, more than 600 Howard County middle- and high-school students have participated in HiTech, a library program geared toward science, technology, engineering and math. HiTech students collaborate on projects in 3D design and animation, mobile apps, computer programming, games, renewable energy, e-books, nanotechnology, robotics, computer illustrations, music and fashion technology.

With the help of peer mentors and industry experts, HiTech students develop the skills needed for 21st century careers.

This year, HiTech students created an interactive game app called “Escape from Detention,” available on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

HiTech is funded in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and IMLS, as well as the Friends of the Howard County Library. Partners in the program include Mindgrub Technologies, University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, Columbia Association, Voices for Change and the Howard County Public School System.

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