New Workshops for Spring 2016!

 We're very excited to be offering a number of new workshops this semester! Workshops are:
  • FREE!
  • Only an hour
  • Everyone is welcome, no experience is necessary
  • All materials are provided

A listing of current workshops is available below, and on the MakerLab's Workshop page.

NEW Starting with Python Picking a programming language can be difficult, especially when there are so many languages and so many different applications out there. Not only is Python easy to learn and faster to program with, it is the first choice of organizations like Youtube, Reddit, and Industrial Light & Magic. This workshop will take you through the essentials of programming and get you started writing and editing your own programs. Register now for Friday, 2/12/2016, noon or Thursday, 3/17/2016, 11am. NEW Scientific origami Making origami can be fun and functional, but did you also know it can be scientific? Gain a whole new understanding of DNA by creating a 3D model with paper, while learning about DNA research being done by the The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group. Register now for Friday, 4/29/2016, 2:30pm.
NEW Knitting as code
Get your knit on while discussing the similarities between knitting instructions and a variety of coding languages. All materials provided, and no experience necessary. Register now for Friday, 1/29/2016, 3pm. NEW Paper Baskets Desk Set
Are you constantly misplacing your keys? Need something to corral your pens? Don’t spend a fortune buying something, make it out of paper! Learn how to use the library’s Silhouette cutter and let your imagination go wild. Register now for Thursday, 3/10/2016, 1pm. Lean, Mean, Green Screen Machine
Your imagination is the only limit when learning to create your own images to superimpose. Use lighting and camera techniques to take an effective green screen photo! Using equipment available to everyone at the library, you can use a DSLR and the library’s green screen to learn. Register now for Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 1pm. Getting in Touch with Your Arduino
Have you ever thought about learning to code? Many people want to learn, but never do because they can’t see how it could fit into their everyday life. This workshop will teach you the basics of Arduino coding, electronics and breadboard prototyping. By using capacitive touch sensors, you can interface the Arduino with objects all around you! Register now for Saturday, 1/23/2016, noon or Friday 3/4/2016 noon. We even have a new type of unworkshop for those who don't have more than a few minutes to spare. Pop-up events! No registration required. NEW Pop-up Event: Carrot piano
Have you heard of twinkling the ivories? Well, you can twinkle carrots instead! We'll have the MakeyMakey piano set up to play a few notes. Take a quick break and play for a minute, or borrow one from the front desk to make your own piano at home! NEW Pop-up Event: Numbers and blinks with Arduino
Have a quick look at an Arduino microcontroller and see if you can make the light blink slower or faster. How about a fade? Take a quick break and play for a minute, or borrow one from the front desk to make your own piano at home! NEW Pop-up Event: Play with a Sphero ball
We'll have the Sphero ball all charged up and rolling in the library. Take a quick break and stop by and play for a minute.

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