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.
- 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?
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, Mar. 8: 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Mar. 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, Mar. 1: 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Mar. 3: 4 p.m.
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, Mar. 12: 6 - 7:30 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 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.
- Thursday, Mar. 22: 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.
Spring Break – Green Screen
The week of Spring Break, we will have hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. Use the green screen in the lab to capture a moment that looks like you went on a fun adventure during Spring Break, even if you stayed home! Practice good digital citizenship by finding copyright free images to use as backgrounds, then use the other supplies in the lab to make a prop and make it look like you belong in the photo.
- Tuesday, Mar. 13: 2 p.m.
Spring Break – Robot Drawings
The week of Spring Break, we will have hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. Use the robots in the lab to create a unique piece of art.
- Saturday, Mar. 17: 2 p.m.
Spring Break – Robot Races
The week of Spring Break, we will have hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. Collaborate with other guests to design and build an obstacle course to race the robots from the lab around a section of the room. Think like an engineer to consider the limitations of each bot and to determine which resources are best for the environment. Then take turns to see who demonstrates the most skill and control navigating their robot through the maze!
- Thursday, Mar. 15: 2 p.m.
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, Mar. 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!)
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Last updated: Feb. 27, 2018