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 Card Making

Experience the joy of paper! Choose your colors and style to create a quality handmade card with much more pizazz than a traditional greeting card! Leave with a paper creation you’ll be proud to give to a loved one. Recommended for middle schoolers and up. Limit 10 attendees. First come, first served.

  • Thursday, June 21: 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23: 2 p.m.

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.

  • Thursday, June 7: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9: 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.

  • Saturday, June 2: 4 p.m.

Circuitry 101 – Makey Makey

Discover the basic principles of electronics while experimenting with a variety of conductive materials. Makey Makey circuit boards turn everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet for creative play.

  • Thursday, June 14: 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 16: 4 p.m.

DIY Electronics Club for Adults

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!

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Monday, June 11: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

TECH Truck

The TECH Truck is a mobile extension of the Perot Museum that travels throughout North and Central Texas. The goal of the TECH Truck is to engage youth and teens in hands-on, maker-based science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) experiences that foster creativity and confidence. Explore high and low tech with hands-on projects intended to inspire everyone to Tinker, Engineer, Create and Hack.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Saturday, June 30: 4 p.m.

Teen Tech Night

Explore new technology with friends, no expertise needed! We’ll learn the basic uses of computer parts, machinery, and the latest gizmos and gadgets.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Tuesday, June 5: 4 - 5:30 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: May 25, 2018