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.


 

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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

08/25/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
08/25/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
08/29/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
09/01/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
09/01/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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MiY:makerspace News

Summer of MAKE 2016 - Registration Opens June 6th!

We are excited to once again offer our Summer of MAKE program in 2016!! The program will run 6 weeks from June 28-August 5, 2016. 

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!! We are excited to be able to offer the program for the 4th year in a row, and for our third year as a Cognizant "Making the Future" grant recipient.

The following are this years Summer of MAKE project sessions. Please note that for grade track purposes, that each track is for "those entering" one of the grades (in that track) in September 2016. For instance, for the "Grade K-3" track, programs within that track are open to registrants "entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade in September 2016". 

Project Date and Time Location Grade Track
BrushBots Friday, 7/1/16 Westergard  K-3
Rubber Band Helicopter Friday, 7/8/16 Kennedy K-3
Shadow Puppet Theatre Friday, 7/15/16 Westergard K-3
Radio Controlled Cube Friday, 7/22/16 Kennedy K-3
Electric Paddleboat Friday, 7/29/16 Westergard K-3
MiniBot Friday, 8/5/16 Kennedy K-3
Adjustable Bookshelf Tuesday, 6/28/16 Westergard 4-6
Electric BubbleMaker Thursday, 7/7/16 Kennedy 4-6
Doodle Bot Tuesday, 7/12/16 Westergard 4-6
Tiny Dancer and Electromagnetic Train Thursday, 7/21/16 Kennedy 4-6
Pizza Box Circuits Tuesday, 7/26/16 Westergard 4-6
RoboLink 6 in 1 Thursday, 8/4/16 Kennedy 4-6
Vibrobot Thursday, 6/30/16 Kennedy 7-12
Beeswax Sushi Candles Tuesday, 7/5/16 Westergard 7-12
DiY Linocut Stamper Thursday, 7/14/16 Kennedy 7-12
Wikiseat Tuesday, 7/19/16 Westergard 7-12
Simon Says Electronic Game Thursday, 7/28/16 Kennedy 7-12
Toilet Roll Totes  Tuesday, 8/2/16 Westergard 7-12

Registration for the Summer of MAKE sessions will open at 10am on Monday, June 6th. Registration will be accepted over the phone or in-person at the Kennedy Branch Library (500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway NJ / 732-463-1633 x6). We will be updating this page to provide links to the printable registration forms in the coming weeks. We highly recommend, if possible, that you register on-site starting the day of open registration. The programs fill up extremely quick, and all in-person registrants will receive priority over phone call registrations during the same time.

Registration Form / Gr. K-3 Track

Registration Form / Gr 4-6 Track

Registration Form / Gr 7-12 Track

Please see below for registration and program rules. Because this program has become so popular, and we are including even more participants than in previous years, it is important we have the most fair and efficient process to ensure that as many of your teens and children as possible have a fun, educational and positive experience during their time with us. To that end, these rules are to ensure that each child/teen has an equitable, and fair opportunity to participate and the best experience during their project session.

Registration/Program rules for Summer of MAKE 2016:

  • You may only register for ONE program per child/teen within their grade track. However, you can go on the waitlist for any remaining projects within the grade track by ranking the programs from most interest to least interest for your child/teen. We will then contact you if you child if offered a spot in a waitlisted program the week before the program occurs. Once contacted from the waitlist, you will have 24 hours to confirm whether you would like your child to participate.
  • We are unable to accept any walk-ins for any project sessions. Only those registered or confirmed moved from a waitlist will be allowed to attend a project session
  • Registrations will only be accepted for children and teens for programs in their grade track as detailed above. There are no exceptions or exemptions for this. 
  • Registration cannot be completed through a message left on our voicemail system. Registration for programs is only accepted via in-person registration or by phone having spoken with one of librarians or staff members.
  • Any child or teen that arrives more than 15 minutes late will NOT be allowed to participate in the project session. Many of the projects are very intensive in nature and it is not fair to other participants to have readjust an entire workshop to accommodate a late participants. Please make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the program.

 

MiY : Make it Yourself Makerspace to Add 2 More Hours Starting January 8th (2015)

The Piscataway Public Library will be adding 2 more hours to our open hours scheduled starting January 8, 2015. Along with our current hours of Tuesday 7-9p, Wed 3-5p, 7-9p, and Thurs 7-9p, we will now also be offering open hours on Thursdays from 5-7pm. This change will mean that, for the first time, the makerspace will have at least one day per week where we are open 4 hours straight (Thursdays 5-9). This will provide a day where visitors can come and work on longer and more complex projects.

For more information about our unique makerspace and what you can there (learn, make and create), please visit http://piscatawaylibrary.org/MiY

MiY Events

Makerspace Open

08/25/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Makerspace Open

08/25/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

08/29/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

09/01/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Makerspace Open

09/01/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

09/05/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

09/08/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Makerspace Open

09/08/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

09/12/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

09/15/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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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.

Vinyl Cutter and Supplies Supplier:


 

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

Button Maker

A low tech way to allow people to express themselves creatively. As an entry-level "making" for children and young adults, the button maker can reinvigorate existing programs as well as create new programs based on button creation.

Supplier of Button Maker and Supplies: American Button Machines

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