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.

  • Thursday, Apr. 12: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Apr. 14: 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.

  • Thursday, Apr. 5: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Apr. 7: 4 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.

  • Saturday, Apr. 21: 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, Apr. 9: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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, Apr. 26: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Apr. 28: 4 p.m.

Homeschool Day in the Lab

Each month, the library hosts homeschool families in the lab for a class designed just for them. This month’s class will be 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.

  • Thursday, Apr. 19: 2 p.m.

Make a Game

Explore existing game models as a group and then get creative with materials and equipment from the lab to develop a digital or analog game. Take your idea from conceptualization to a working prototype!

  • Thursday, Mar. 29: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Mar. 31: 4 p.m.

Photoshop 101 – Make a Collage

In this class you will learn the basics of Photoshop’s interface. We will walk you step by step on how to create your own collage using the layers, shapes, and type tools. You will also learn basic shortcuts to speed up your workflow and create your one of a kind collage.

  • Monday, Mar. 26: 6 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, Apr. 3: 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: March 26, 2018