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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, Feb. 28: 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21: 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, Feb. 27: 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 2: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 6: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 13: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 20: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27: 4 p.m.

Code Music with Scratch

Scratch is a user-friendly visual programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. Use drag and drop block programming to create rhythms and melodies with the instruments and sounds of your choice. Beginners welcome!

  • Thursday, March 30: 6 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, March 13: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Engineering 101 – Bridging the Gaps

Engineers dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. Celebrate National Engineers Week by using recycled materials to design and build a sturdy bridge.

  • Thursday, Feb. 23: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: 4 p.m.

Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D modeling tool for design. Students create amazing parametric models with this modern, easy-to-use, and powerful tool. In this workshop, you will learn how to sculpt your idea, create parts and assembly modeling, and prepare for manufacturing on a 3D printer (or CNC machine). Please bring your laptop with Fusion 360 installed, and have a cloud-based login ready to go for the class! Fusion 360 is free for students and hobbyists.

  • Thursday, Feb. 23: 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30: 5 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 Green Screen Virtual Field Trip: If you could visit any place or time in history, where would you go? Come on a virtual field trip with us! Use the green screen and lots of creativity to take a picture and bring your imagination to life!

  • Thursday, March 23: 2 p.m.

Lab Tour

Join us for a quick tour of the Fort Worth Library’s first makerspace. Learn about the equipment and how you can use it to build, repair, and innovate. No library card or reservations needed.

  • Tuesday, March 7: 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23: 5 p.m.

littleBits

Discover the basic principles of electronics with littleBits building blocks. Bits snap together with magnets for foolproof inventing and experimenting. Engineer real world solutions and see what you can build.

  • Thursday, March 23: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 4 p.m.

Stop Motion Animation

Record a video frame by frame to create your own improvisational animated sequence. Use materials in the lab to build your characters and design your set, or bring your favorite props from home!

  • Thursday, March 16: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18: 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: Feb. 22, 2016

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