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

04/28/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
04/29/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
04/30/2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
04/30/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
04/30/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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MiY:makerspace News

Summer of MAKE returns June 23rd - Save the Date!

   

     

 

 

 

 

Piscataway Public Library will be hosting weekly “Make It Yourself” programs from June 23 through August 14. Different programs will be offered for students entering grades 4-12.

More information to be announced soon!

Check our website for 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 Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings, 7-9pm, Beginning February 25th

The Piscataway Public Library will be adding additional open makerspace hours to our current schedule. These additional hours will have the makerspace open two evenings a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from 7-9pm. This includes our already current open hours of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-5pm. We have two great volunteers who are helping to make this happen, and we hope that you will be able to better take advantage of what the space has to offer with these extended hours.

You can learn more about our MiY makerspace by visiting: http://piscatawaylibrary.org/miy

MiY Events

Makerspace Open

04/28/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

04/29/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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</CodeClub> - HTML / CSS at Kennedy Library

04/30/2014 - 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

04/30/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

04/30/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open

05/02/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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</CodeClub> - HTML / CSS at Westergard Library

05/03/2014 - 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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Makerspace Open

05/05/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open (Evening)

05/06/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

The makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open

05/07/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

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Photos from MiY

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