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 - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 1 - 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 a custom keychain that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 10 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.

  • Monday, October 14: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 26: 1 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! We will provide an overview of 3D printing applications, the parts of the machine, types of filament, the 3D printing process, and safety and troubleshooting. Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Monday, October 7: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 19: 1 p.m.

Astronomy Day: Create a Constellation

Have you ever looked into the night sky and played connect the dots with the stars? Groups of stars that have imaginary lines to form a picture are called constellations. Each one has a name and a story or myth about it. Some of the stories and myths date back to Greek and Roman times such as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor which means big bear and little bear. Create your own constellation on paper then write a story that describes how your constellation came to be. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Saturday, October 5: 1 - 5 p.m.

Circuitry 101 – 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.

  • Wednesday, October 9: 6 p.m.

Pablo Picasso’s Birthday - Roll A Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born October 25, 1881 in Spain. He is known for being a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. He is best known for introducing cubism style paintings to the art world. Roll a die to decide what features your Picasso inspired portrait will look like. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Friday, October 25: 1 - 5 p.m.

Pumpkin Elevator Challenge

What do you get when you drop a pumpkin? Squash! The ghouls and goblins of the haunted house need our help to get the great pumpkin from the 1st floor to the 2nd. Using your engineering skills and recycled supplies, create an elevator platform to help move a mini pumpkin inside a model haunted house. Join this STEM activity for a Spooktacular time!

  • Saturday, October 12: 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 31: 6 p.m.

What does 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: Sept. 30, 2019