About

What is a Digital Climber?

Digital Climbers is a program that encourages students ages 8 and up to work independently to master technology skills. Participants compete with other students as they chart their progress and earn badges, rewards, and public recognition. Digital Climbers motivates kids and teens to learn by using tools such as 3D printers and design applications, snap circuits, Adobe Photoshop, Garage Band, and the Osmo educational gaming system. Activities are STEAM based, (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and students are encouraged to explore all of these areas in order to foster their creativity and build real-world skills.

What Resources Can Digital Climbers Use?

  • Green Screen
    Place yourself in outer space, on a mountain top, or in front of an old photograph. With green screen, you can change your video background to anything.
  • Studio Equipment
    The combination of our DSLR cameras, studio lighting, and green screen allows for eye-catching quality productions. 
  • Video Editing
    With professional tools such as Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. These robust programs allow your vision to come to life. 
  • Sound Recording
    Need to record your voice? In our sound booth, you can record singing, podcasts, or interviews. We also Have Logic Pro X to build music, and polish your sound to shine.

ALA Library of the Future

ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is an award to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. Administered by: ALA, American Library Association. 

Muncie Public Library was the 2017 recipient for the ALA Library of the Future! The library was selected for its innovative “Digital Climbers” program that motivates and inspires children ages eight and up to experiment with technology and master skills that contribute to learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Hours & Locations

Connection Corner

Located at 1824 E. Centennial Avenue in Muncie. The Digital Climbers Program is offered Monday through Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m for ages 8 and up.

Kennedy Library

Located at 1700 W McGalliard Rd. in Muncie. The Digital Climbers Program is offered in the Youth Services Department on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm and again from 4-6pm. 

This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Maring-Hunt Library

Located at 2005 S. High St. in Muncie. Digital Climbers is housed in the Fort in the Youth Department on Mondays and Fridays from 3-5 pm for ages 8 and up.

Activities & Projects

Science:

  • Laser Maze
  • Snap Circuits Arcade
  • Snap Circuits Green
  • Planet Maker

Technology:

  • NitroType Challenge
  • Osmo Coding
  • Code Academy
  • Code Combat
  • Lightbot Coding
  • Bloxels
  • Code Master

Engineering:

  • Make a Paper Airplane
  • Gravity Maze
  • Goldie Blox 
  • K'Nex Bridges

Art:

  • Artist Hangman (Picasso, Matisse, or Dali)
  • Art History Puzzles
  • Publish a Book Review
  • Write a Short Story
  • Pathwords
  • Osmo Words
  • Write a Script
  • FilmMaker IQ
  • Make a Stop Motion Movie
  • Make a Stop Motion Chess Game
  • Compose Yourself
  • GarageBand 
  • Taking Professional Photographs
  • Sculptris
  • Mosaic Mysteries
  • Fractile Designs

Math:

  • Hex Hive
  • Osmo Numbers
  • Osmo Tangram
  • Osmo Pizza