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 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, July 12: 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14: 4 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.

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

Code Music with Scratch

Scratch is a user-friendly visual programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. Use drag and drop block programming to create rhythms and melodies with the instruments and sounds of your choice. Beginners welcome!

  • Thursday, July 26: 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, July 9: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

TECH Truck

The TECH Truck is a mobile extension of the Perot Museum that travels throughout North and Central Texas. The goal of the TECH Truck is to engage youth and teens in hands-on, maker-based science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) experiences that foster creativity and confidence. Explore high and low tech with hands-on projects intended to inspire everyone to Tinker, Engineer, Create and Hack.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Saturday, June 30: 4 p.m.

Science 101 – Frozen Fun

What’s so cool about frozen water? Play games and perform hands-on science experiments with snow and ice, ice, baby!

  • Thursday, July 19: 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21: 2 p.m.

Sensory Science: Rainbow Milk Art!

Let’s get messy, excited and creative! Learn how to make beautiful abstract designs with simple kitchen ingredients! Release your inner artist and use scientific properties to create your own original art with milk, food coloring, and dish soap.

Learning Objective: Participants will practice scientific vocabulary and demonstrate molecular bond changes through combination of common household liquids. Participants will also use unusual materials to explore and create an art project.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Monday, July 2: 1 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, July 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: June 26, 2018