WALLINGFORD — The Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club technology room recently underwent a makeover, including 10 new iPads and furnishings.
The changes and upgrades were made possible by Paul Mitchell the School North Haven, which donated the iPads that are set up across a countertop in the room now named the “Genius Bar.”
”The iPads will serve as additional tools for kids to use to complete their homework and play games,” said club Executive Director Carlos Collazo. “The ‘Genius Bar’ can now hold 18 kids at a time as opposed to 10.”
Talks about a potential makeover began last academic year, according to Collazo.
“We thought the technology room was in desperate need of a makeover,” he said. “The wiring was messy, and the library took up a lot of space. We wanted to enhance the center for the current kids of the club, and also attract teens.”
The new amenities have already paid dividends for club members.
“They were super excited and willing to learn,” teen specialist and club staff member Justin Andujar said of the response to the makeover and new technology. “They’re always playing brain games on the iPads to stretch their minds. It’s really cool to show them they can learn and have fun at the same time.”
Collazo also hopes to use the iPads as a way for kids to create movies and music, and hopes to find an organization in the community that will be able to help introduce members of the club to the technology needed.
“We are heading in the right direction to serve more youth more often with engaging programs for the kids,” Collazo said.
The club is located at 72 Grand St.