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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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!

Article: 3D, robotics technology comes to Beaufort County Library

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…

Read the full article here, and watch the video below:

Meet your inner ‘maker’ at Beaufort County Library

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.

 

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.