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The library invites you to check out our Makerspace at the Northwest Branch!

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a creative, DIY place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Makerspaces are as unique as the people they serve - artists, builders, crafters, graphic designers, engineers and even those who just tinker, are all “makers” in their own way. This gives them a space to explore new skills.

Hours

  • Mondays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 2 - 5 p.m.

Want to learn a new program or activity? Check out our organized classes. All other times that the makerspace is open will be Open Studio time. This will be hands-on, self-guided yet supervised time where you can learn about what interests you. What will you make?

Class Schedule

3D Design Basics

Learn how to use Tinkercad to design objects that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 12 or younger must have a parent attend class with them. Participants must have a valid email address to set up a Tinkercad account during the class.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 27: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24: 4 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! Children 12 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Monday, Jan. 9: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 23: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 30: 4 p.m.

DIY Electronics Club

Hobbyists! Join our group and explore DIY electronics! Bring your own maker project, or team up with someone and create one. We will learn about microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printers, programming languages, wearable technology, and other design projects. Bring your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LEDs, sensors, or other misc. projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

  • Monday, Jan. 9: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Homeschool Activity Day in the Panther Lab

Each month, the library hosts homeschool families in the lab for class designed just for them. This month’s class will be Science 101: Frozen Fun: What’s so cool about frozen water? Play games and perform hands-on science experiments with snow and ice, ice, baby!

  • Thursday, Jan. 19: 2 p.m.

Intro to Java Programming

Java is a popular and versatile programming language. This class will introduce basic concepts about programming in Java. Even if you are a beginner, you will be able to code a simple calculator and other basic programs.

  • Thursday, Jan. 12: 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14: 4 p.m.

Raspberry Pi 101

Learn how to get started with Raspberry Pi – from unboxing to desktop! Even if you are an absolute beginner, you can learn how to boot up a Raspberry Pi and start playing the games that come preinstalled on it. Then you will see how to install other applications on the Pi to turn it into a desktop publisher so you can use it to write reports or create spreadsheets. Last but not least, you will learn how to download what you need to use your Pi to start learning other programming languages like Python. Bring a Micro SD card (8GB or larger) and a micro to standard adapter if you have them. If not, borrow one from the lab!

  • Thursday, Dec. 29: 4:30 p.m.

Sewing Circuits: Make a Felt Figure

Itching for some one-of-a-kind décor for your locker or bedroom? Make your own light up felt figure using conductive thread, felt, and your imagination!

  • Thursday, Jan. 26: 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 28: 4 p.m.

Science 101: Frozen Fun

What’s so cool about frozen water? Play games and perform hands-on science experiments with snow and ice, ice, baby!

  • Thursday, Jan. 19: 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 21: 4 p.m.

What will the Panther Lab offer?

  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Scanner
  • Robotics & Electronics Kits
  • 27" iMacs with Adobe CC Suite
  • Virtual Reality Simulation Headset
  • Sony Camera and Green Screen
  • Vinyl Cutter

Who can visit the Panther Lab?

Panther Lab is open to anyone. You don’t have to live in Fort Worth, or even have a Fort Worth library card to participate. (But everyone should have a library card!)

Last updated: Dec. 27, 2016

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