The Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM) is working with libraries throughout Rhode Island to create new a library teen program called “Library Learning Labs” that uses both digital and traditional media to promote creativity, critical thinking, and hands‐on connected computer learning opportunities. The traveling LLL is modeled after the Fab Lab program at Dassault Systèmes’ new “3DExperience Lab” in Waltham Massachusetts. This program is expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about VR technology and youth learning. In this manner, libraries will be able to “share” expensive new technology and equipment. Individual libraries will be able to borrow equipment for up to a four week period, during which workshops will be given on the equipment by RICM staff, consultants or Dassault Systemes volunteers.
The Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 in Rhode Island to preserve our rich vintage computer history and offer a glimpse of the past. RICM's mission state is "procuring and preserving items that relate to computer science and its history, dissementating knowledge, and encouraging research in computer science by means of visits, lectures, discussions, and publications."