So, What's TINKERspace?

MAKERspaceAcross the nation, MAKERspaces are popping up in libraries. Our library district has carefully cultivated a collection of robots, circuits, building kits, spinning art, and some really cool inventions to create these spaces in our libraries. TINKERspace is the space we've set aside for our Millhopper Branch Library. It is a first Friday event from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. where kids and teens can come to explore the world of STEM without fear of failure. At TINKERspace, there is no right or wrong way to create--we just ask that you take care of the material and are courteous to other explorers.

This Fall, we'll be meeting at the following times in Meeting Room B. No registration required. 

Robotics: Friday, October 4th, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Meeting Room B, Millhopper Branch Library

This Friday, we'll get to look at some robots. We've got our Recon Programmable Rover to go through an obstacle course, some solar robots, and a couple more to put together. 

Additionally, we'll bring our the Strawbees, Play2 straws, Goobis, and a little extra for more discovery.

Simple Machines: Friday, November 1st, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Meeting Room B, Millhopper Branch Library

This Friday, there's a lot going on! We've got some kits from Thames & Kosmos to illustrate hydropower, air and water power, wind power, and eco batteries.

Coding and LEGO: Friday, December 6th, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Meeting Room B, Millhopper Branch Library

For our last TINKERspace of the Fall, we're bringing out our Cubelets and Ozobots. By combining sensor, logic and actuator blocks, young kids can create simple reconfigurable robots that exhibit surprisingly complex behavior with Cubelets. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. You can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and temperature, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. But instead of programming that behavior, you snap the cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like with a flock of birds or a swarm of bees. As a bonus, you can add LEGO pieces to the bots! 

Our Ozobot Bits are little robots that you can code with using Ozoblockly Bit gets kids coding and loving robots with some clicks through block coding. 

If you're really excited about MAKERspace or STEM for kids, browse through these recommended titles to read about how you can learn at home: 

Now Make This by Claudia Klein

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: inspiring makers to experiment, create, and learn by Colleen Graves

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson

Tinkering: kids learn by making stuff by Curt Gabrielson

Maker projects for kids who love electronics by Megan Kopp