I’m planning on doing a Tech Take-Apart program and have found some great resources!

In the Youth Makerspace Playbook that I posted about before, head down to Appendix B on page 68 for tips on taking apart electronics, safe practices for e-waste disassembly, and a list of tools that are helpful to have on hand. There’s also a list of what is safe to take apart and what is not safe! For example, do not use Laser printers (carcinogenic toner), Copy machines (toner), Microwaves (radioactive component), Cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs (deadly capacitor potential), Paper shredders (many sharp blades), or Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Recommended books:

62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer by Randy Sarafan. ISBN: 978-0-7611-5243-9
Unscrewed by Ed Sobey. ISBN: 978-1-56976-604-0

So how do you get the electronics? Ask your fellow staff members, search the storage areas of the library, talk to your IT person, find out if there is an e-recycling program near you that would donate some items to the library! Our library is a city department, and we ask the other departments for donations. In addition, ask your patrons!

Additional reading on how to make this program successful:

http://yssevents.blogspot.com/2018/08/its-tech-take-apart-break-take-apart.html

Have you done this at your library or Makerspace? Drop your tips and resources in the comments!

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