June 2014 CreationStation events at St. Helena Branch Library

All events are free of charge.

Podcasting

Monday, June 2
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Join Melanie & Stacey to learn how to create your own voice recordings for the web.

Contact: Stacey Peeler, Teen Librarian
843-255.6560  Email: speeler@bcgov.net

Blogging

Wednesday, June 4
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Join Melanie & Stacey to learn how to create your own web blog.

Contact: Stacey Peeler, Teen Librarian
843-255-6560 Email: speeler@bcgov.net

 

1st Friday Craft

Friday, June 6
3:00 – 4:30 PM

Learn how to make rubber band bracelets with Robyn.

Contact: Meghan Kilgore, Reference Librarian
843-255-6559 Email: mkilgore@bcgov.net

 

Maker Monday 3D printing and design

Monday, June 16
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Registration Required

Learn the process of 3D printing by creating your own 3D model using Tinkercad. Must have valid email address to create a free account on tinkercad for the class. Space is limited to first 10 students ages 11-17.

Contact: Melanie Florencio, Computer Lab Instructor
843-255.6547,  Email: mflorencio@bcgov.net

 

Robotics with Littlebits

June 18-20th (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Registration Required

Learn to design and create your own robot with Littlebits and Raspberry Pi kits.  Space is limited to first 10 students ages 11-17.

Contact: Melanie Florencio, Computer Lab Instructor
843-255.6547 Email: mflorencio@bcgov.net


Cooking Club

Wednesdays, June 18, July 16, August 20
6:00 PM

Share a themed dish and learn how to make other dishes.  June’s theme is Graduation Party. July is One-Dish Meals. In August the Cooking Club will host Chef Diaz who will razzle dazzle the audience with Caribbean Cuisine.

Contact: Carmen Griffith-Bultron, Library Assistant
843-255.6487,  Email: carmeng@bcgov.net

 

Coding in Scratch

June 23-25 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Registration Required

Learn how to code a computer in Scratch to create games and functions. Must have a valid email address.  Space is limited to first 10 students ages 11-17.

Contact: Melanie Florencio, Computer Lab Instructor
843-255.6547,   Email: mflorencio@bcgov.net

 

MaKey MaKey

Thursday, June 26
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Registration Required

Come play with some MaKey MaKey kits to invent tools or useful products. Space is limited to first 10 students ages 11-17.

Contact: Melanie Florencio, Computer Lab Instructor
843-255.6547,  Email: mflorencio@bcgov.net

 

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April maker activities at St. Helena Branch Library

Digital Drawing
Monday, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
St. Helena Computer Lab, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Road, St. Helena Island SC 29920

Come learn how to use our Wacom tablets and sketch on the computer via Sketchbook Express. Materials Provided. Open to ages 8+, limited to 4 students. Registration required.

Maker Monday Club: Arduino Night
Monday, April 14, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
St. Helena Computer Lab, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Road, St. Helena Island SC 29920

Do you like to code?  Learn how to make a blinking circuit using a combination of our Arduino prototyping boards and Arduino programming language. Open to ages 13-17, limited to 6 students. Registration required.


To register for either of these programs, please contact Melanie
 at 843-255-6587 or mflorencio@bcgov.net .

Beaufort County schools share robotics championship

From our own Beaufort County, via the Island Packet:

Whale Branch Early College High, Bluffton High and Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston were among the teams that worked for months to design, build, program and direct by remote control the robots that competed in the state’s biggest high school robotics competition, according to a news release from the Beaufort County School District.

Maker Monday Club

Maker Monday Club was recently held at the St. Helena Branch Library! On January 13 attendees ages 8-adult had the opportunity to play with the littleBits kits. As you can see from the pictures, a lot of fun exploring, tinkering, and making was had.

The next Maker Monday Club at the St. Helena Branch Library will be Monday, February 17th, 5:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Photos from the CreationStation

Wooden dog model on 3D scanner

The Digitizer is a 3D scanner. It scans the object on the plate, then renders it with a piece of software called MakerWare (from MakerBot). If you’re happy with the scan, you can print it out on the 3D printer. Here the 3D scanner attempts to scan our lab instructor’s wooden dog.

3D printer printing teapot

The MakerBot prints a tiny teapot. This teapot is solid on the inside – so we can’t put tea in it, but it’s great for a pretend tea set.

Original toy and 3D printed model

We borrowed a toy longhorn (left) from the St. Helena children’s librarian, scanned it using the MakerBot Digitizer, and printed from the scan. The bits of plastic under the “clone’s” belly are from the printed supports used to hold it up during the process. These can easily be sanded off.

LittleBits and manual

LittleBits are electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Because there’s no wrong way to put them together, they help younger kids learn about electronics. Our staff love them, too!

We’re still seeking volunteers!

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.