What can you make with a 3D Printer, Lego Mindstorm Robotics and littleBit snap circuits? Lots of mistakes that lead to great creations! Alachua Branch's summer S.T.E.A.M Power program is a makerspace where teens can build robots, print in 3D, and build electronic gadgets with magnetic snap circuits. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation generously gave us a grant to buy the equipment to help sustain and improve S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) skills for students during the summer. Participants learn to use the equipment in a stress-free environment where imagination and curosity are encouraged. The only requirement is the willingness to make mistakes and to learn.
Summer S.T.E.A.M Power meets at the Alachua Branch every Thursday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm through August. Equipment available for use are a XZY Davinci 2 Duo 3D Printer, Lego Mindstorms Robotics, littleBits snap circuits, Circut die cutting machine, and Minecraft gaming.
For books that provide simple introductions to various makerspace concepts and activities try 21st Century Skills Innovation Library. Makers as Innovators. Here are three titles especially relevant to our makerspace.
For adults there are numerous ebooks available on Safari Books Online that can be read on your computer. No check out is required but you will need your library card number that begins with 22054 to log in. A search on "makerspace" resulted in titles like these:
Printed books are also available: