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, January 11: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13: 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, January 4: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 6: 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, January 8: 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 LEGO® EV3 Robotics: Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. By following step-by-step instructions, you can create robots that use motors as well as color, gyro, ultrasonic, and touch sensors to complete a variety of tasks. No experience necessary.

  • Thursday, January 18: 2 p.m.

HTML Basics

HTML is the language used to create the web pages you visit every day. In this course, you’ll learn how to use the fundamentals of HTML to structure content by formatting headings, paragraphs, lists, images, and links. Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them. Strong reading and typing skills recommended.

  • Thursday, January 25: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27: 4 p.m.

LEGO® EV3 Robotics

Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. By following step-by-step instructions, you can create robots that use motors as well as color, gyro, ultrasonic, and touch sensors to complete a variety of tasks. No experience necessary.

  • Saturday, January 20: 4 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, January 2: 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: Jan. 3, 2018