The Beaufort County Library is the recipient of a $25,000 federal Library Services and Technology Act grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library of South Carolina. The award will be used to create a makerspace as a complement to the Mac Media Production Lab at the new St. Helena Branch Library. Makerspaces offer the means to explore and create – through mentorship, conversation, innovation, collaboration and tinkering.
Through this project, the targeted audience of teens will be able to create, experiment and invent using equipment such as 3D printers, BristleBots, LittleBits, Raspberry Pi, and arduino kits. Makerspace programming will begin in January 2014.