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tech·brar·ian (tek brerē ən)


  1. a passionate educator in search of technology to support talent development and social action in teens.
  2. a trust-sparker who journeys with students to better their world, enabled by high- and low-tech constructions.



Hey there! I’m Dr. Lou Lahana, Ed.D., and I’m the Technology Coordinator at the Island School located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This website is here to support my social action Makerspace  for a bunch of bright and spunky middle schoolers. Feel free to borrow my ideas (but give me credit!) and contact me with any questions lou.lahana(at)gmail.com.  In my efforts to protect copyright holders, I have placed passwords on certain material.  If you are an educator wishing to use the material, contact me for more info.

Recent Press:

Student’s Product Featured on Arduino’s Blog

Petter on Arduino's Blog


Written about on Adafruit’s Blog

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Profiled in Yong Zhao’s Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners



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Mouse Squad profile:

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 6th Grade Student Britney gains recognition for her Insect-eating documentary produced by The Techbrarian:

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8th Graders Cat and Judy’s Blessing Bag Campaign featured on DOSOMETHING.ORG:

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The Tech Café featured in the documentary Print the Legend:

Print the Legen


Lou Lahana talks about opening the black box in Seen In NY: Sparkle Labs

Seen in NY: Sparkle Labs


Island School student highlighted in The Daily Telegraph:

Island School student featured at the end of this article:


Lou Lahana speaks of the Participation Divide on CNN Radio:

To see some of my talented teens in action click below:

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  1. Sara Lissa Paulson

    I am teaching a tech class for 7th and 8th graders, and I have to say your ideas are really impressive. I would love to visit sometime….my school is just a hop, skip, and jump away.

    I am very inspired……thank you.


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