Pancakebot this Saturday with Special Skype Guest

Join us this Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-11:00am at the Tower Road Branch Library for a special Pancakebot program. We usually start our program by showing a video of the inventor, Miguel Valenzuela, talking about the process of inventing the Pancakebot at a Maker Faire. THIS WEEKEND we will be skyping with Miguel live! This program offers kids a chance to be included in a Skype presentation and learn about the maker movement, designing and building robots directly from Valenzuela - 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™.

Flap Jackson (aka the Pancakebot) will be running better than ever since Miguel guided library staff with some maintenance and updating. As usual, you can use the PancakePainter Software to design your own pancake. Designs can be saved to a memory card, and then transferred to the Pancakebot to be printed. While library staff try to ensure everyone will get a turn to see their pancakes printed, this is a first come/first served program and time is limited. 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.

Can't make it this time but still have a question you would like answered? Kids may send their questions via Facebook or Twitter @alachualibrary by Friday, Feb. 24 and they will be included in Saturday’s program.

The Alachua County Library District is excited to add this program into its expanding world of makerspaces which provides places in our libraries 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.

Miguel Valenzuela and the Pancakebot, a 3D Pancake Printer

Posted by AlixF on February 20, 2017