We’re getting some nice publicity from the Island Packet!
Trying to remain relevant in the digital age has led the Beaufort County library system to create a place where people can explore the realms of 3-D and robotics.
Starting at 1 p.m. Friday, the St. Helena library will open its CreationStation to visitors of all ages. The station will house a variety of gadgets, from 3-D printers to small robots, to teach both kids and adults about electronics, robotics and technology. It will eventually go on the road to other libraries and to schools in the county…
The Island Packet has published an article about the CreationStation, by our own Melanie Florencio, Computer Lab Instructor at St. Helena.
From the article:
Next time you stop by your local library, check out books and then attend a free class on how to design and print out your own plastic toy.
Yes, you read that right.
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. Libraries across the nation are adding makerspaces to their facilities: places to create through mentorship, conversation, innovation, collaboration and tinkering. As a result, new innovative technology such as 3-D printers, a laser scanner, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi computers, Bristle Bots and Little Bits robotics will be available for the public of Beaufort County to access freely.
Bristlebots introduces younger children to basic robotics, but they can be modified to be as complex as you like. This Bristlebot is straight out of the box. A battery powers a small motor. Vibration from the motor transfers to the bristles, making the Bristlebot move.
We are currently seeking volunteers to help as teacher assistants and instructors for the CreationStation. Do you have what it takes? Do you consider yourself tech savvy? Or, would you like to learn more about electronics and ‘making’? You can do all of this by volunteering. If you are interested, please contact us at 843-255-6547 and we can get the process started.