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.

Future activities planned for the Make It Yourself project will provide dynamic and collaborative learning experiences, as participants work with library staff to create practical and innovative products. Finished products from the Make It Yourself project will include everything from digital music recordings, to handmade crafts and 3D plastic prototype models.

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

08/04/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
08/05/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
08/06/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
08/07/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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MiY:makerspace News

Special Event : Mini Maker Faire - Monday, August 25th (6-8pm)

Join us as we celebrate the many projects your children and teens have made here at the Library during our “Summer of MAKE” program! Diddley Bow Guitars, Smartphone Microscopes, 3D tracking interfaces, brush bots, LED flashlight and many more projects to see and hear about!!

We are inviting all our participants back to the Library to bring their projects and share them with their friends, families and neighbors. Stop by and see all the great projects they created and maybe make some of your own! This is a time to have fun, learn and celebrate all the projects they have made over the summer!

This all-ages event is open to all! - ­ project making activities reserved for ages 8 and up

Free refreshments and raffle prize drawings for our young makers as well as mini-maker faire attendees! (You must be present at the time of the drawing that evening to win)

To register for this event, please visit or call the Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633. Or register online by visiting  - http://bit.ly/1pgkAH1 

Summer of MAKE - Registration begins June 9th!!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piscataway Public Library is pleased to announce our second year of the "Summer of MAKE". This unique 8 week program will provide more than 20 programs of making and experimenting with a variety of materials and across disciplines including robotics, electronics, art, botany, genetics, music, sewing and more!!

All programs (including materials) are free and participants will be take home all projects they build. There are no residency restrictions to participation. Programs will take place at both our Kennedy and Westergard branches.

Registration for "Summer of MAKE" begins June 9th, 2014. Participants can register by calling (732-463-1633 x6) or visiting the Kennedy branch of the Piscataway Public Library (500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway NJ). 

Program projects are available in two designations: participants entering grades 4-6, and participants entering grades 7-12. Each program has its own registration limit based on materials and type of project. Participants may ONLY register for programs in their grade designation. Registration itself will be a two part process

  • Each participant may register for a total of two (2) programs 
  • Each participant can also choose to be added to the wait list for any and all remaining programs in their grade designation. Participants will be asked to rank the remaining programs they would like to be wait-listed for with 1 being a program they would most like to attend (if there is space) and higher numbers indicating lesser interest (for grades 4-6, participants can rank remaining programs from 1-8 and for grades 7-12, they can rank program 1-9)

Participants can wait list him/herself for as many or as few of the remaining programs in their grade designation as they would like. 

Participants will also be REQUIRED to return a signed liability waiver for all "Summer of MAKE" programs. The forms must be signed by a parent or guardian. Only one signed form is required no matter how many programs you participant in. Participants without a signed liability form will be restricted from participating in "Summer of MAKE" programs. Liability waivers can be obtained at the library or accessed and printed from the links below through our "Summer of MAKE" brochure.

You can choose to use the brochure as a registration form if you would like by completing all sections and turning it in at the Kennedy branch, however the only required part of the form that is needed to participant in programs in the liability waiver.

An optional photo release form has also been included with the brochure. We would encourage parents or guardians to sign these as well, but this is OPTIONAL and will not affect participation in any of our "Summer of MAKE" programs.

The following are the programs we are offering as part of the 2014 "Summer of MAKE"

Programs for those entering grades 4-6:

Program Title Location Day Date Time
Scribbling Machine Westergard Tuesday 6/24/14 2-4pm
Solar Robotics 6 in 1 Kennedy Monday 6/30/14 2-4pm
Sumi Ink Marbling / Marbled Eggs Westergard Tuesday 7/8/14 2-4pm
Brush Bots Kennedy Monday 7/14/14 2-4pm
Hot Ice Sculptures Westergard Tuesday 7/15/14 2-4pm
Extract Your Own DNA Westergard Tuesday 7/22/14 2-4pm
LED Papercraft Flashlight Kennedy Monday 7/28/14 2-4pm
Marshmellow Shooters Kennedy Thursday 7/31/14 2-4pm
Electric Origami Kennedy Monday 8/4/14 2-4pm
Snow Globes / Lightbulb Terrariums Westergard Tuesday 8/5/14 2-4pm

Programs for those entering grades 7-12:

Program Title Location Day Date Time
Big Time Digital Watch Kennedy Monday 6/23/14 2-4pm
3D Printing and Modeling Kennedy Thursday 6/26/14 2-4pm
Diddley Bow Guitar Kennedy Tuesday 7/1/14 2-4pm
Glow in the Dark Frosting / Cupcakes Westergard Thursday 7/3/14 2-4pm
Tiny Music Visualizer (double session) Kennedy Mon / Thurs 7/7/14, 7/10/14 2-4pm
Design and Make Your Own T-Shirt (Vinyl Design) Kennedy Thursday  7/17/14 2-4pm
EL Wire Light Up Bag (double session) Kennedy Mon / Thurs 7/21/14, 7/24/14 2-4pm
Solar Powered Cars Westergard Tuesday 7/29/14 2-4pm
LED Wind Triggered Lantern Kennedy Thursday 8/7/14 2-4pm
Smartphone Digital Microscope Westergard Tuesday 8/12/14 2-4pm
3D Tracking Interface Kennedy Mon / Thurs 8/11/14, 8/14/14 2-4pm

Check our website for additional updates: http://piscatawaylibrary.org/miy. These programs are made possible through Cognizant’s Making the Future program

You can also see images of all the fun we had during last year's Summer of MAKE by visiting : http://bit.ly/MiYSummer.

MiY Events

Summer of MAKE: Electric Origami

08/04/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

(Open to students entering Grades 4-6 in Fall 2014)

Folding paper never looked this good . . . And it was never able to light up!

Limited to 15 participants. Registration at Kennedy Library is required. Please call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 for more information.

 

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Summer of MAKE: Snow Globes / Lightbulb Terrarium

08/05/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

(Open to students entering Grades 4-6 in Fall 2014)

Build a working snow globe, then create your own little lightbulb garden!

Limited to 15 participants. Registration at Kennedy Library is required. Please call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 for more information.

 

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

08/05/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

08/06/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Summer of MAKE: LED Wind Triggered Lantern

08/07/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

(Open to students entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2014)

Solder and create your own wind powered outdoor lantern.

Limited to 15 participants. Registration at Kennedy Library is required. Please call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 for more information.

 

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</CodeClub> - HTML / CSS at Westergard Library

08/09/2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

 

 

Join us for our first adventure into learning the languages of computers and the Internet. Let’s learn together! 

Through an initial training session and subsequent meeting sessions you will learn the basics of using HTML and CSS to build and design basic web pages. 

Our first </CodeClub> series will be learning HTML and CSS - the main language of the web. Participants do NOT need a background in coding or computer programming, but should be very comfortable with using computers, web browsing, and text editors such as Microsoft Word. An email account is also required. 

All those who wish to participate in this series MUST ATTEND the initial meeting (March 8th at WES) for an overview of the learning platform and to get started. 

 

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Summer of MAKE: 3D Tracking Interface Part 1

08/11/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

(Open to students entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2014)

Wire, create and program an interactive 3D movement tracking system.

Limited to 8 participants. Registration at Kennedy Library is required. Please call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 for more information.

 

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Summer of MAKE: Smartphone Microscope

08/12/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

(Open to students entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2014)

Build your own DiY microscope that uses your smartphone as a lens!

Limited to 10 participants. Registration at Kennedy Library is required. Please call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 for more information.

 

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

08/12/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open

08/13/2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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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

Supplier: MakerBot

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

Arduino Kits and Makey Makey Kits

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.

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

Works with common design software such as Adobe Illustrator.

Vinyl Cutter and Supplies Supplier: Coastal Business Supplies, Inc


 

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

        

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

STEM kit provider : Makershed