Skype with the inventor of PancakeBot™ at Tower Road Branch on February 25

February 20, 2017

Tower Road Branch Library’s FOODIEspace: PancakeBot™ program will include a Skype visit with PancakeBot™ inventor Miguel Valenzuela on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. Valenzuela is joining the program from Norway to answer questions that kids may have about his invention that prints pancakes using software and a 3D printer. Program participants learn how to use PancakePainter software to draw a design, then save it and upload it onto the PancakeBot™. This program provides kids the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) principles while creating at least one new design per program. This matches Valenzuela’s desire to inspire kids to learn about technology, programming and food manufacturing.

When Tower Road Branch Librarian Alix Freck posted a maintenance question on PancakeBot™’s help forum, Valenzuela invited her to Skype with him to solve the problem. Then he offered to work with her library program this week. Freck suggested he take questions about how his whimsical dream to make a pancake machine out of LEGOs for his two young daughters turned into PancakeBot™. Kids are invited to send their questions via Facebook or Twitter @alachualibrary by Friday, Feb. 24 then learn the answers at Saturday’s program.

This program offers kids a chance to be included in a Skype presentation, learn about the maker movement and how to design and build robots directly from an inventor. Valenzuela is a husband, father, inventor and artist who daylights as a civil engineer working with his daughters on new ideas. He currently lives in Norway where he spends his time teaching kids about PancakeBot™.

The Alachua County Library District is excited to add this program into its expanding world of makerspaces which provides library space where community members can gather to tinker, make and learn together. Tower Road Branch's makerspace is this FOODIEspace program, where families and people of all ages can make and discover different foods together with the help of library cookbooks, local chefs and businesses. Learn more about food and the educational benefits of cooking at one of these FOODIEspace programs. The next program will be at Micanopy Branch on Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. For more information about library programs, visit or call (352) 334-3900.





If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 


Press Release Archive