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, Feb. 8: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10: 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, Feb. 1: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 3: 4 p.m.

Arduino 101 – Digital Ruler

Arduino is an electronic prototyping platform that can be used to automate a wide range of projects. For this workshop, we will use components from the lab (SparkFun Inventor’s Kits for Arduino 101 plus an ultrasonic sensor and a resistor) to learn how to build a digital ruler. Make, measure, and marvel!

  • Thursday, Feb. 22: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: 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, Feb. 12: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Engineering 101 – Bridging the Gaps

Engineers dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. Come see if you can design and build a sturdy bridge using only the recycled materials provided.

  • Saturday, Feb. 17: 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 Engineering 101 – Bridging the Gaps: Engineers dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. Come see if you can design and build a sturdy bridge using only the recycled materials provided.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15: 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, Feb. 6: 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: Feb. 1, 2018