Teen Tech Camp starting in 2009 got even better. The camp now centers around programing with "Scratch" developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Campers developed games and animations using simple programing blocks. The morning sessions with SIM also changed with the addition of a week long hands on project that really demonstrated the technology involved in ordering, manufacturing, and distributing a product.
Teen Tech Camp for these years focused on "Web-Casting". Campers explored and created new and innovative ways to express their interest using mini-cams and web-casting in a practical setting.
During the week campers learned about the latest in new technology from professionals in the field. Each teen also created a short movie about a topic they had interest in and how they could find information about their topics at the library using mini-cams and web-casting. On Friday, campers presented their video to an audience. Family and friends were invited to attend this presentation. Teen Tech Camp is free, thanks to a grant from the Society for Information Management Memphis (SIM Memphis).
The Memphis Public Library & Information Center held its inaugural Teen Tech Camp from July 11 through July 15, 2005 at the Central Library.
Each session built upon what teens had learned the previous day and encouraged working as a team. Programs included a web design introduction, a class on graphic design, a session on blogging and a chance to use the Library's WYPL television studios to plan, film, and edit a group project: a 30-second commercial for the Library that has aired on WYPL TV•18.
Campers were divided into four groups, with the task of designing a web site. On the last day, the web pages were judged by Library and SIM representatives. Awards were given for usability, creativity, graphics, and content.