Mayor Lauren Poe declared June 16-22, 2017 as the National Week of Making in the city of Gainesville. In the proclamation, our mayor affirmed that making "stimulates minds of all ages and reinforces the importance of developing hands on skills that promote creativity, creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork." So let's get making!
Our library district has many unique makerspaces and programs that support making. So what is a makerspace? A PLACE to MAKE! Many makerspaces focus on technology, but not all. The focus of all makerspaces is hands on learning and "tinkering", or learning by experimentation and exploration.
During the National Week of Making, we invite you to explore stop motion animation at Millhopper Branch's ANIMATIONspace on Tuesday June 20 at 2:00pm (currently on a waiting list for participation, but you could observe).
Learn about 3D printing at the Headquarters library on June 21 at 12:30pm at the Pop Up MAKERspace: 3D Printing Demo program.
Build in Cone Park Library's LEGOspace on June 21 at 2:00pm and don't miss the Wizzbangz Bus, a mobile science lab for kids, at the Cone Park Branch on Thursday, June 22 at 2:30pm.
Also on June 22 you may wish to explore robots at Alachua Branch's ROBOTICSspace, where you can explore four stations with different robotic elements like LEGO Mindstorms, Ozobots, Little Bits, and more at 3:00pm.
Teens can use those elements AND learn coding with Scratch, video game creation, and snap circuits at Hawthorne Branch's Teen TECHspace which also starts at 3:00pm that day.
Can't make it during the National Week of Making? Don't worry, we have MAKERspace programs going on across the district all summer long. You can also participate in making this Summer At The Library by completing a Discovery Track or the MAKERspace Book List. Ask your librarian how to get signed up! Check out the Nation of Makers Website or find them on Facebook to find out more about the maker community.