July 23, 2016

Mostly clear

Teen boys learn science at ‘secret’ club

Teen services librarian Sean Rapacki shows Noah Nicholson, 13, how to wire a homemade speaker during the “Dangerous Boys Club” at Wadsworth Public Library on Wednesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY ANDREW DAVIS)

Every month a secret group of boys called the “Dangerous Boys Club” convenes in the back halls of Wadsworth Public Library to make gadgets and crack codes.

The program, designed by teen services librarian Sean Rapacki, aims to spark creative interest in subjects ranging from science and technology to engineering and art.

This month, members of the club learned how to make a simple speaker out of a couple wires, a magnet and a paper cup.

Last month, members took recyclable objects and made a robot.

Rapacki said the program brings out mostly homeschooled kids who supplement their at-home learning with programs offered through the library.

“They’re pretty darn smart,” he said.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.