Collins Library Links: What’s new in the Makerspace


What’s New in the Makerspace
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Guest Speakers:  Earlier this semester, we welcomed John Devine from the Tacoma Public Schools who established the SAMI Makerspace and is now working at the new iDEA alternative school.  This week Darcy Anderson from Tinkertopia visited the space.  Both these speakers shared insights about the growth and development of problem solving/creative thinking and technology happening in the K-12 environment.  All the more reason to think about how the Makerspace can support our current and future students.

3D Printing:  We have added a number of new filaments, including translucent colors and glow in the dark.

3D Scanning:  Stop by and check out our Structure 3D Sensor  iPad-based handheld scanner.

Wearables:  We provide tools and support for sewing and working with fabrics.  We are looking for students or faculty to partner with us to learn more about integrating electronics into textile projects. Wearable technology is an exciting area for innovation and creativity, with interest in it growing from both consumers and tech companies.

Electronics:  Don’t forget there are Arduinos, Raspberry Pi and Makey-Makey (think mini- computer) devices to use.

Paper Arts and Upcycling:  Stop by and see our incredible paper dress designed by our Maker students using recycled books.  Consider offering a workshop on journal, book or zine design.  We are just concluding our Fall Zine Workshop series coordinated by Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian.

Orientation:  15 first year students had the opportunity to participate in a 3 day Immersion event that included the Makerspace as well as visits to local printers and book designers.

Team Building:  Consider booking the Makerspace for a Team Building workshop.  We can accommodate up to 15 people.  Inspired by Darcy and R.R. Anderson of Tinkertopia, we invite you to consider a 1.5 hour workshop that will be fun, creative and build relationships.

New Equipment:   We are anxiously awaiting delivery of a desktop laser cutter in November that will increase opportunities for making!  We now have wood burning tools, new button makers and a host of new supplies.

Take Apart Events:  Reverse engineering and take apart events are great ways to learn about design and construction.  It helps us learn how things work. Consider bringing a class in to take apart an old computer or microscope.

Ready, Set, Make:  Visit our Start Making link off the Makerspace guide for easy to follow projects.

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
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