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 (Tues 7-9p and Wed 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

04/28/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
04/29/2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
04/29/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
04/30/2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
04/30/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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MiY:makerspace News

Summer of MAKE 2015 Begins June 22!

We are pleased to be able to offer the Summer of MAKE again this year at the Piscataway Public Library! This years maker camp program will run from June 22 - August 14, 2015. Programs will be single-project sessions taking place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm.

More information regarding specific dates for each program will be available soon. As with last year,  programs will follow a two-track system with 12 programs for those entering grades 3-6 and 12 programs for those entering grades 7-12. As always, programs are free and we provide the instruction and supplies. All projects are make and take and we hope your children and teens have a great time making and using them!

This year, registration will take place in two cycles as follows

  • Registration for programs in weeks 1-4 (June 22 - July 17) will begin on June 1st
  • Registration for programs in weeks 5-8 (July 20 - August 14) will begin July 6th

Participants can register for a maximum of TWO programs in each registration cycle. However, they can be put on the wait list for any other programs in the registration cycle if spots become, or are still available. The wait list will be a first register, first served wait list. We will use email to inform wait list registrants if they can come to a program for which they put themselves on the wait list.

To register, you must wait for the registration date(s) provided above. Starting on that registration date, you can register by visiting (500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway NJ) or calling the Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633 x6. 

Whether you register over the phone or in-person, all participants will be required to have a parent sign a liability waiver before they can participate in any programs.

We will make the registration forms available here in the coming weeks for those who would like to register in person. Please keep in mind that those who register in person starting on the registration dates will be given registration order priority over those registering over the phone.

In the meatime, we are excited to announce this years projects for the Summer of MAKE!

Grades 3-6

Program / Project Date
Mini Robots June 25
Mini Spin Art & Magnetic Slime June 30
DiY Topography Pendants July 2
Telescopes July 9
Glovetopus July 14
Paper Circuits July 16
Push Button Programmable Robots July 23
Soft / Squishy Circuits July 28
Buzz Wire Game July 30
Propeller Powered Car August 6
Melted Crayon Art August 11
Chromotography & Rainbow Bounce Balls August 14

Grades 7-12

Project Date
Wood Etching June 22
Sparkling Bracelet June 23
USB Solar Charger July 1
Mood Light July 6
Mousebot July 7
Cassette Tape MP3 Player July 13
Crayon Lathe July 20
Sew Creatures July 21
Arduino Handheld Game July 27
Leather Holder August 3
Wooden Paddleboat August 4
Jar Flip Light August 10

 

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 (Evening)

04/28/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

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Makerspace Open

04/29/2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

04/29/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Thursday afternoon)

04/30/2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

04/30/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

05/05/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open

05/06/2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

05/06/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

05/07/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

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Papercraft Flashlight

05/12/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

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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