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.

  • Tuesday, March 10: 2 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.

  • Saturday, March 7: 4 p.m.

Coding 101

Explore the basics of coding in a fun and interactive way. Create a simple design, animation, or program to start learning about how technology works and how to create software applications. Beginners welcome!

  • Friday, March 13: 2 p.m.

Engineering Art Videoconference

During this live videoconference, museum educators will examine artworks and explore how artists incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts and processes into their work. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will use interactive videoconferencing to deliver the live educational program from the museum to the library which allows for you to ask questions and interact with the presenter in real time. The program will last 60 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

  • Thursday, March 19: 2 p.m.

Lady Gaga’s Birthday Newspaper Fashion Challenge

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, was born on March 28, 1986. Gaga is known for her music and of course her outlandish fashion on the red carpet. Try out your hand at design and make an outfit completely out of newspaper and tape. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Saturday, March 28: 1 - 5 p.m.

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

This unofficial holiday honors all made-up holidays past, present, and future and encourages people to come up with creative, quirky, offbeat, important, and significant things to celebrate, observe, and commemorate. Join in the fun in the Panther Lab by using the tools in the Makerspace to help celebrate the holiday you create. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Thursday, March 26: 2 - 7 p.m.

Maker Showcase

Calling Makers of all kinds! Show off your work and get ideas for new projects. We want to hear about what you are making — whether you sew, 3D print, program, build, design, or draw. The Panther Lab will host the Maker Showcase on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Some months we will have a featured speaker to talk about what they do in the Maker Community, but at all meetings we will show and tell about our current projects, past projects, or projects we are still dreaming up. This activity is free, open to the public and requires no registration. All ages are welcome to participate, but children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Saturday, March 14: 4 p.m.

National Day of Unplugging

Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your iPad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to sit still for a bit without checking Instagram? If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging. Sign the Pledge to Unplug and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Friday, March 6: 1 - 5 p.m.

Ozobots 101

Use creative drawing and color combinations to create basic commands that a mini robot will trace. Complete additional challenges and activities using a digital tablet!

  • Wednesday, March 11: 2 p.m.

Pi Day Grid Art

What is the official animal of Pi Day? The pi-thon! The number π is a mathematical constant. Put the infinite possibilities and your imagination to work by creating a Pi Day celebration work of art. There are infinite ways to color each box in the grid. Choose 3 colors and give yourself 14 min to design 15 patterns. The fun is sure to get around! This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Saturday, March 14: 1 - 5 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Paper Circuit Cards

Personalize your St. Patrick’s Day card with a spark of magic. Light up an LED on your card by making a simple paper circuit, then decorate it any way you want! This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Tuesday, March 17: 2 - 7 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: March 2, 2020