Libraries have always been places where communities come together to learn. Most of that used to happen through print - as more and more of our lives are mediated by bits and circuits, libraries have made the shift as well, making emedia and online research tools readily available.
A couple of our recent programs in the Community Technology Center and the ideaLAB are taking the next steps: helping people open up the tech they use everyday and see what's inside.
That same day, the ideaLAB held a toy hacking event, where we took a bunch of thrift store toys that had seen better days, took them apart, and made something better. Projects ranged from simple Frankenstein creations (Wonder Woman's head on an owl, anyone?) to toys with LED eyes and motorized, axe-wielding arms. In the end, teens learned some basics about building a circuit and, more importantly, learned how to look at the things around them in a new way.
What kind of technology and maker programming would you like to see at DPL in 2014? Let us know in the comments. Would you be interested in helping out with or facilitating any sort of maker programming? Drop us a line at email@example.com! Have a happy holiday and here's to an exciting new year!
What a great way to make the Hour of Code program more tangible for kids and adults alike!
This is fantastic - thanks for offering these types of programs.
When do you expect to get your 3D printer?
We'll have the 3D printer up and running by the time the ideaLAB expansion opens in spring of 2014 - though I'm hoping we get it sooner so I can play with it!