Nowadays, digital skills are a necessary condition for a full participation in daily life. Sofia Development Association supports the development of the youth in this direction through the organization of events, trainings and competitions that develop digital and media literacy. These events are held in the framework of project activities, through the innovative space SofiaLab, as well as through activities related to the implementation of the Sofia Youth Strategy (2017 - 2027).
SDA, together with Sofia Municipality, are also assisting in the creation of a digital hub for children and youth with 4 locations in Sofia Library - American Center, Children's Center, Digital Center and Teen Lab. The project for the establishment of the digital lab for teenagers is implemented at the instigation of Sofia Library and with the financial support of the US Embassy in Bulgaria. It aims to modernize the library’s appearance and provide opportunities for intellectual training and digital creative activities to share innovative ideas in the digital society, and to create successful interactive products in the creative industry.
The digital lab for teenagers was officially opened on 24.02.21 by the director of the Sofia Library Mrs. Tsinzova and HE Hero Mustafa, US Ambassador to Bulgaria. Among the guests of the ceremony were the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education Assoc. Prof. Dr. Todor Chobanov, as well as Vanya Kastreva - Head of the Regional Department of Education - Sofia. All those present observed with great interest at the modern equipment and the comfortable space, where the first workshop on 2D animation was taking place with the famous Bulgarian animator Nadezhda Slavova and the participation of students from NPGPTO "M.V. Lomonosov” Sofia.
The Teen Lab will work with the global current synergistic educational model - "EDUTAINMENT", which combines non-formal education and interactive games, the acquisition of new knowledge through creative activities and entertainment. The innovative programs of the Teen Lab will enable young people to learn a variety of digital skills in the field of interactive arts such as digitization and creative presentation of literary heritage, graphic design, 2D and 3D modeling and animation, creating VR/AR reality, Game design, etc. In addition to experienced trainers, TeenLab provides its users with modern high-tech equipment - powerful gaming computers and laptops, 3D printer, Vivitek projector with Avers screen, graphics tablets, book scanner, Leap Motion, 3D Oculus Rift glasses.