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

07/22/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
07/22/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
07/23/2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
07/24/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
07/28/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Summer of MAKE - Registration begins June 9th!!

   

 

 

 

 

 

Update!! Please use the following link to register for the "Summer of MAKE : Mini Maker Faire" : ​http://bit.ly/1pgkAH1 

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
Note (6/10/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
Westergard Tuesday 6/24/14 2-4pm
Solar Robotics 6 in 1
Note (6/9/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
Kennedy Monday 6/30/14 2-4pm
Sumi Ink Marbling / Marbled Eggs Westergard Tuesday 7/8/14 2-4pm
Brush Bots
Note (6/19/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
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
Note (6/10/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
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
Note (6/19/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
Kennedy Monday 6/23/14 2-4pm
3D Printing and Modeling
Note (6/19/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
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)
Note (6/19/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
Kennedy Mon / Thurs 7/7/14,
7/10/14
2-4pm
Design and Make Your Own T-Shirt (Vinyl Design)
Note (6/19/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
Kennedy Thursday  7/17/14 2-4pm
EL Wire Light Up Bag (double session)
Note (6/19/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
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
Note (6/11/14): This program is filled - we can only take waitlisting at this time
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.

Makerspace Open Hours for Summer - Tues 7-9pm and Wed 2-5pm / 7-9pm

The Piscataway Public Library has recently updated its open makerspace hours to coincide with our Summer of MAKE program for tweens and teens. Our evening hours will remain the same (Tues,Wed 7-9pm), however our daytime hour have been revised to Wed 2-5pm. The makerspace is also still available by appointment. Appointments for time in the space (for individuals as well as groups) can be made by contacting Doug Baldwin, Emerging Technologies Librarian, at dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org.

MiY Events

Summer of MAKE: See Your Own DNA!

07/22/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Concoct a solution to see your DNA -  it’s what makes you YOU.

Limited to 20 participants. Registration at Kennedy Library is required. Please call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 for more information.

 

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

07/22/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open

07/23/2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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Summer of MAKE: EL Wire Light Up Bag Part 2

07/24/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Sew and create your own messenger bag—then light it up with neon!

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

 

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Summer of MAKE: LED PaperCraft Flashlight

07/28/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Construct a homemade flashlight with wires, batteries, and . . . paper?

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

 

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Summer of MAKE: Solar-Powered Cars

07/29/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Build and race these solar powered cars across the library and at home!

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)

07/29/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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</CodeClub> - HTML / CSS at Kennedy Library

07/30/2014 - 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 (February 26th at KEN) for an overview of the learning platform and to get started. 

 

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Makerspace Open

07/30/2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

07/30/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The 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