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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 our world, enabled by high- and low-tech constructions.


Hey there! I’m Dr. Lou Lahana, Ed.D., and I’m the Makerspace Coordinator at the Island School located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This website is here to support the social activism of my inspired and inventive 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:

Grand Prize Award Winner: FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

Profiled on Chalkbeat:

Profiled on NY1

Profiled in AM New York:

Featured in the No Such Thing Podcast, Episodes 11 and 17

Student’s Product Featured on Arduino’s Blog

Written about on Adafruit’s Blog

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


Mouse Squad profile:

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

Billion Oysters Project:

Teach For America:

New York Daily News:

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

The Tech Café featured in the documentary Print the Legend:

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: