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

05/01/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
05/04/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
05/04/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
05/08/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
05/11/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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MiY:makerspace News

2017 MiY Summer Programs Coming Soon!

If your child is interested in science, technology, engineering, robotics, and other STEM related topics... then Piscataway Library is the place to be this summer 2017! We have three fantastic and immersive programs going on that will be sure to provide a fun learning experience for those in grades K-12

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The Summer of MAKE : Teen Maker Institute is our new and revamped summer workshop program for those entering grades 6-12 operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Teen Services Department. This new program is designed to provide a much deeper and immersive making and STEM experience for those who are accepted into the program! This program will consist of two groups of 15 teens. Each group will complete 12 projects over a 6-week period from June 28th - August 4th on Wednesdays and Fridays. One group will attend Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11a-1p and the other group will attend Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4pm. To be a part of this unique experience, teens will have to apply for acceptance into the program. As always, projects made during this program will all be make and take home. 

We will begin accepting applications on May 8th using the following form : https://goo.gl/forms/AdReSRTnnV4xEda82

Registration will close on May 26th.

We will then hold two group interview sessions to determine which 30 teens will be accepted into the program. Projects for the Teen Maker Institute will include making your own digital watch, light painting, solar charger, hydraulic powered car, birdhouse, and more!

There is no residency restriction for this program.

This summer experience is sponsored by a grant from the Cognizant "Making the Future" initiative.


Tinker LAB (for those entering grades 5-12)

This unique program will be available for those interested, or that do not make it into the Teen Maker Institute. In Tinker LAB, teens and tweens will work with long-time educator and Piscataway resident Dave Zirkle on electronics and robotics based projects collaberatively, learning about the Arduino platform and coding environment to prototype various types of projects. This immersive program will be offered in a two week session in the month of August. Each of the sessions will run from 10am-12:30pm from Monday-Thursday. We will accept 13 participants for this program. The program dates are as follows : 

  •  August 7-10 and August 14-17

Registration for Tinker LAB opens on July 3rd by visiting or calling the Kennedy Library reference desk at 732-463-1633 x6. Registrations will NOT be accepted before July 3rd. At the time you register, you will need to indicate which session you would like to attend. Your tween/teen must be entering grades 5-12 to be eligible to participate, no exceptions.

There is no residency restriction for this program.

Note : To register and attend, your teen or tween must be able to attend all 8 sessions with a maximum of 2 excused absences. Teens participating in the Teen Maker Institute are not eligible to participate in this program.


Tinker CAMP (for those entering grades K-5)

Tinker CAMP is our revamped STEM program workshop series for those entering grades K-5, operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Children's Services Department. Children will have the opportunity to make and take various age-appropriate projects for K-2, and grades 3-5. Examples of projects include pizza box circuits, slime, paddleboats, balancing robot, windmill and more! Registration will begin the week of June 26th (we will update here with the actual date once it has been determined - please do not call to register until we have updated this information with the official registration date!).  We will also be updating this page with program dates, time and descriptions very soon.. stay tuned!!

Registration will be taken by visiting or calling the Children's Department at 732-463-1633 x7. These workshops are ONLY open to Piscataway residents

Note : For Tinker CAMP, your child(ren) may only register for up to 2 programs in order to allow as many children as possible to be able to take advantage of these workshops. Tinker CAMP is generously funded by a PSEG Sparks grant

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

05/01/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

05/04/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Makerspace Open

05/04/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

05/08/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

05/11/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

05/15/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Google Science : Light Instruments

05/16/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Using our Google Science kits, we will continue to explore and test the world around us. This sesssions activity is Light Instruments - Making Music.  In this activity,construct a musical instrument that responds to light and measure both!

This program is for those in grades 5-12.

Please register by visiting or calling the Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633 x6. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

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Makerspace Open

05/18/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Makerspace is open to the public

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Makerspace Open

05/18/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Makerspace Open

05/22/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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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