MiY:makerspace at Piscataway Public Library

Bring Your Ideas to MiY

Make It Yourself (MiY) gives residents of all ages access to tools, techniques and hands-on learning experiences that will spark their imaginations and enrich their lives. A particular focus will be given to young people, with the goal of inspiring/nurturing their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM education is increasingly important as students prepare for careers in our 21st century, technology-dependent, global economy. Looking at global technology trends, these learning and "making" experiences are going to be vital for current and future generations.


 

Maker Movement Infographic

MiY provides a variety of opportunities for the public to learn new skills, cultivate and prototype new ideas, as well as collaberate with others to create things :

  • Weekly makerspace open hours (Mon 7-9p and Thurs 3-5p / 7-9p) when visitors can freely use the space to access information, tools and resources to learn or work projects.
  • Our annual "Summer of MAKE" intiative which provides children and teens with a stimulating and experience rich environment making STEM based projects and builds.
  • Monthly and bi-monthly instructor led activities for children, teens and adults
  • Large-scale family-friendly events such as Art-tronics, Cardboard Challenge, and our Mini Maker Exhibition
  • Use of our makerspace, by appointment, for individuals and groups (including meetings, demonstrations and tours)

 

Piscataway Library has always been a destination for consuming content. Now the library is a place you can go to create, too!  Questions?  Contact Us

 

MiY:makerspace Events

02/08/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
02/11/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
02/11/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
02/18/2016 -
2:00pm to 7:00pm
02/18/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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MiY:makerspace News

Summer of MAKE 2016 - Coming Soon!!

We are excited to once again offer our Summer of MAKE program in 2016!! The program will run 6 weeks from the end of June through the beginning of August.

Summer of MAKE is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based summer program where participants design, build and take home projects of all types! Projects cover areas such as electronics, robotics, engineering, woodworking, e-textile, and so much more!!

This year we expanding  to a full K-12 initiative in 3 tracks. Stay tuned for here for updates and information about Summer of MAKE (now in its third year).

MiY Events

Makerspace Open

02/08/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Makerspace Open

02/11/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Makerspace Open

02/11/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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TedxPiscatawayLibraryLive

02/18/2016 -
2:00pm to 7:00pm

Stop by the library throughout the day to watch and listen to a livestream of featured TED talks from inspiring speaks on various topics in technology, education and design. TED talks have become a global phenomena for their ability to educate and inspire. TED talks are no longer than 15 minute per speaker, so you can come by when you have some time and stay and watch as long as you would like. Our talks will be carried to us via a live stream directly from the TED 2016 : Dream conference.

More information about speakers and talks that day can be found here : https://conferences.ted.com/TED2016/program/guide.php

There is no registration required for this event. Talks will take place throughout the day between 2pm-7pm.

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Makerspace Open

02/18/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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MiY - Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - Water Filter

02/18/2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Description: The zombie apocalypse could be upon us at any moment.. seriously are you ready? Join us for the next few months as we learn the skills, and build the tools you can use to survive when the zombie horde inevitably take over. This month we will construct a handmade water filtration system so you and other survivors can clean what is likely highly contaminated water. We will provide the supplies and materials - you provide the imaginations and making! Please register by visiting or calling the Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633 x6. This program is for those ages 12-17.

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Makerspace Open

02/18/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Makerspace Open

02/22/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Makerspace Open

02/25/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Makerspace Open

02/25/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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MiY Focuses

MakerBot Replicator 2 

 

  • Creates models out of PLA filament, a renewable bioplastic
  • Drag and drop multiple models right onto the virtual build space, and then make them all at once
  • Build pieces up to 11.2 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in. (12.75 in. diagonal)
  • A 3D printer can be used to create everything from plastic prototypes to practical household objects
  • The library carries both a Makerbot Replicator 2, as well as a Printrbot Play

Suppliers :

3D Scanning and Design

3D Scanner
 

3D Scanning is an invaluable tool in creation, animation and design. The 3D scanner will work with Autodesk Inventor,  Blender, the open source 3D Design program, as well as the Makerbot 3D Printer.

Blender is free software that allows a person to do 3D design, animation and game creation. This will allow MiY users to design in 3D at home and in the library.  Autodesk Inventor is available on two library computers.

3D Scanner Supplier: NextEngine

Electronics and Microcontollers

Arduino

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.

The kits allow beginners to create and program electronic devices. 

“Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments." Source: Arduino Website, http://arduino.cc

"Within the next 5 to 10 years, the Arduino will be used in every school to teach electronics and physical computing — that’s my prediction. There’s no going back." 
Phillip Torrone, Make Magazine, 2/10/2011

Makey Makey Kits MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. It allows us to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.

Piscataway Library offers :

  • Arduino Education Kits
  • Makey Makey boards
  • Raspberry Pi boards
  • Pico Boards

Supplier: SparkFun Electronics

Music Recording and Production

With the rise of inexpensive music recording and production software, such as GarageBand (included with the iMac), the library is in the position to provide quality resources for local aspiring musicians. The library will provide the iMac and some basic tools needed for nearly-silent music production with an Audiobox USB and 4 channel headphones.

Supplier: Sweetwater

A digital vinyl cutter can MAKE:

  •     Decals/stickers
  •     Vinyl Signs/Lettering
  •     Designs for heat application on clothing
  •     2D designs and cutting copper tape for circuit traces

The Library carries two cutting machines

  • Graphtec Plotter / Cutter
  • Silhouette Cameo

Works with common design software such as Adobe Illustrator.

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The library is providing basic resources for textile creations including two Serger sewing machines. The focus is on repurposing existing fabric products to include the promotion of reuse/reduce/recycle. We also provide fashion design software to further empower our library users. 

The sewing machines are being used for training and library programs. For example: the library has held events where teens collaborated to create new pieces using scraps or worn clothing.

Robot Kits

Robot building enhances skills:

  •     Science
  •     Technology
  •     Engineering
  •     Math
  •     Teamwork
  •     Leadership
  •     Problem Solving

Kits for robot building are more affordable than ever. The library has hosted robot building programs for teens.

Supplier: Vex Robotics

STEM for Children & Tweens

        

The MiY Makerspace is a place for all ages to learn, make and explore. We believe strongly in STEM literacy beginning at the earliest ages and are committed to providing tools and resources for "young makers" to being exposed to these fields, building an interest that can grow and last into their later years. These kits represent our commttment to ensuring our space is an all-ages fun and engaging place to be in the Library!

  • Little Bit Magnetic Circuit Kits
  • Snap Circuits Jr
  • Roominate DollHouse Building Kits
  • Knex
  • Ozobots
  • Lego Education Kit
  • Lego EV3 Mindstorms

STEM kit provider : Makershed

Tools

The MiY makerspace provides access to a variety of hand and power tools for designing and building all sorts of projects, and manipulating many types of materials. Tools accessable through our makerspace include

  • Soldering irons and solder (leaded and lead free)
  • Wood burning irons
  • Mallots / Hammers
  • Wire cutter and strippers
  • Jewerly wire pliers and cutters
  • Assorted screwdrivers
  • Tin snips / "nibblers"
  • Assorted pliers
  • Safety goggles
  • Power drill
  • Hand saw