Hive Pop-Up Learning Lab Will Engage Bay Area Youth in Digital Media

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Two-day event in October is first collaborative event for San Francisco Learning Lab partners as grant-funded programs take shape.

The Bay Area Video Coalition, California Academy of Sciences, KQED and San Francisco Public Library will collaborate on the first San Francisco Hive Pop-Up Learning Lab on October 26-27, 2012. The two-day event will provide local youth the opportunity to engage in digital learning and interactive education with the guidance of Bay Area community and media arts organizations, including Children’s Creativity Museum, TILT, Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, World Savvy, WritersCorps and more.

Awarded $100,000 in grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the four partner organizations are working toward the ultimate goal of developing a Learning Lab at the San Francisco Main Library, where youth can actively engage in and develop digital media skills that they can build upon and transform into valuable learning tools for life and education.

The MacArthur Foundation has already supported the creation of successful Hive Learning Networks in New York and Chicago, which are dedicated to transforming the learning landscape and creating opportunities for youth.

"While the Bay Area is a hub for technology and innovation, there are thousands of young people in San Francisco who do not have access to digital tools, nor the chance to learn skills that will be critical to thrive in the 21st century; to participate meaningfully in their world and to write their own story,” said Jill Bourne, Deputy City Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. “The Library is thrilled to be working with our partners to create these opportunities."


The San Francisco Learning Lab partners and participating organizations will provide two days of hands-on digital learning, creative collaboration and interactive lessons to develop questions and solve problems around the theme of “Save the Earth.”

The event will be held at the new Ortega branch of the San Francisco Public Library (3223 Ortega Street). On Friday, October 26 from 1:00-4:00 pm, local middle and high schools are encouraged to participate during school hours. On Saturday, October 27 from 1:00-5:00 pm, the event is open to teens and the general public. This is a free event. For more information, please visit