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

The lab will be closed December 24, December 25, and December 31 for the holidays

  • 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 a Holiday Ornament

Learn how to use Tinkercad to design a custom holiday ornament 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.

  • Thursday, Dec. 6: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: 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, Dec. 1: 2 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, Dec. 10: 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 on the Make a Light Up Greeting Card. Personalize your holiday greeting cards 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!

  • Thursday, Dec. 13: 2 p.m.

Make a Light Up Greeting Card

Personalize your holiday greeting cards 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!

  • Saturday, Dec. 15: 2 p.m.

Photography 101

Want to take great holiday pictures but don’t know where to start? Learn to capture images by incorporating basic photography composition techniques. Bring your own device if you would like to learn what you can do with what you’ve got at home, or borrow one from the lab. Cell phones, DSLR cameras, and iPads are all welcome. Class is open to all ages and learning levels.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22: 2 p.m.

Sled Building Challenge

Build the fastest sled using only the recycled materials provided! Design, construct, and compete! Think creatively to take on more engineering challenges until time runs out.

  • Thursday, Dec. 27: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: 2 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, Dec. 4: 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: Dec. 3, 2018