The Atlantic City Free Public Library will serve as one of the host sites for NJ Makers Day 2015 on Saturday, March 21.
The library will give people of all ages an opportunity to participate in maker-related activities and collaborative projects from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second floor of the Main Library.
• Statewide 3D Design Challenge – Try easy-to-use design software to create a 3D model that can be printed at the library.
• The Sounds of Atlantic City Recording Booth – Record short audio clips, a sung note, word, phrase, rhyme or random sound, which will be processed and arranged into a piece of sound art by library staff and volunteers.
• Green Screen Photoshop Booth – Have your picture taken at the library and Photoshopped into a background of your choosing. Those who participate in this activity can have the photo emailed to them.
• Collaborative Quilt – Design a square to be added to a work of fiber art that will be assembled by teen volunteers and displayed at the library. Squares can be knitted, crocheted, sewn or assembled with fabric glue.
There will be several stations set up for live demonstrations showing how to use various tools and technology available in the Atlantic City Library’s Makerspace, including physical computing and music recording equipment, t-shirt design software, button maker and STEM kits.
Also, throughout the day the NJ Makers Day planning committee will host live Google Hangouts, which will be broadcast at the Atlantic City Library and other locations. Participants at those sites will be able to follow an online leader to complete two maker activities – a DIY Light Bulb Project and Balancing Toy Challenge – listen to recorded keynote speeches from Senator Cory Booker and author/tech journalist Cory Doctorow, and enjoy a STEM Storytime.
NJ Makers Day is a statewide event that celebrates, promotes, and, in many cases, introduces maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. This inaugural event will be held in libraries, schools, museums and other community locations.
Since the Atlantic City Free Public Library Makerspace opened in April 2014, local teens have been invited to “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It.” The library’s Makerspace provides teens with access to a 3D printer, digital audio recording, photography and video equipment, robotics, sewing machine and fiber arts, and more.
“We have such a fantastic array of tools and technology available here – things you would never expect from a public library,” said Megan England, coordinator of the Atlantic City Library Makerspace. “We're glad to have the chance to share all of it with the community and use our tools to create collaborative art by and for the people of Atlantic City."
The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment in occupations related to STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is projected to grow to more than nine million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about one million jobs.”
Find out more about NJ Makers Day and the Atlantic City Library Makerspace by visiting make.acfpl.org or calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.