Riverside’s new youth center offers robotics, coding, web design – Press-Enterprise

The Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center screams technology.

It has 3-D printers, a sound room, a film-production room and a computer lab as well as a lounge equipped with six televisions ready to stream games from the communal Nintendo Switches and Xboxes.

All of this is tucked in an unassuming building in Riverside’s Arlington Park waiting to be used at the grand opening Saturday, Sept. 25.

“We are significantly different than any other youth center: no other center offers a quarter of what we offer,” said Victoria Koo, Riverside’s recreation services coordinator. “We’re really trying to push that innovative image out there.”

  • Instructor Isabel Ordaz, 22, uses a touch screen Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • From left, Peter Choi, 5, and Iker Alvarez, 6, enjoy a science class Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Recreation leader Lessly Velazquez helps Ellie
    Goldware-Burns, 6, into a plastic gown for a science project Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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