July 2014 CreationStation events at St. Helena Branch Library

All events are free of charge.


Cooking Club

Wednesdays July 16th and Aug 20th 
6:00 PM

Share a themed dish and learn how to make other dishes.  July’s theme is One-Dish Meals. In August the Cooking Club with 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


Photoshop 3D

Wednesdays July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, and July 30th
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Registration Required

Learn advanced techniques in Photoshop to make your own character that will be converted into a 3D image. Space is limited to first 10 students ages 11-17.

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


Maker Monday — Arduinos

Monday, July 7
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Registration Required

Come learn basic electronics in this introductory course on simple circuitry using Arduino prototyping boards and Arduino programming language. Space is limited to first 6 students ages 13-17.

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


Engineering Bridges

Wednesdays, July 2 and July 9
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Come and learn how to design and build bridges with manila folders – bridges will be placed on display.  Open to ages 13-17 .

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


Garage Band

Friday, July 11
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Registration required

Learn how to use the mixing board to create sounds and sound effects for movies.  Open to ages 11 to 17.  Program is limited to first 20 participants.

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


Water Coloring

Tuesday and Thursday, July 15 and 17
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Adults can enjoy creating at the library to design their own Watercolor painting.

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


3D Printing of Body Parts – A Lunch and Learn Session

Friday, July 18
1:00 PM
Registration Required

Join Doctors Trusk, Yost, and Kindy from MUSC who will demonstrate the use of the 3D Biofabrication Printer and the advances in medical science.   Luncheon platters will be provided – please call to register for this lecture.

Contact: Maria Benac, St.Helena Branch Manager
843-255.6548, Email: mbenac@bcgov.net


Film Making

Saturday, July 19
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Registration required

Learn how to shoot short films using our HD flip cameras.  Program is open to ages 8 to 17.  Space is limited.

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


Rube Goldberg Challenge

Monday, July 28th; Wednesday, July 30th; Friday, Aug. 1st; Tuesday, Aug 5th and Wednesday, Aug. 6th
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Love to play with dominos and make tools?  This program is the best of both worlds because you will learn how to produce a chain reaction to make a tool.  Great program for groups – call in advance to schedule a day to participate.

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


Bristlebot demo

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.

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!

BBC News – ‘Terminator’ self-assembling cube robots revealed by MIT

Via BBC News:

 ‘Terminator’ self-assembling cube robots revealed by MIT

“John Romanishin, one of the research scientists at CSAIL leading the project, said: ‘We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand.'”

Researchers are hoping the blocks could someday be used to perform temporary repairs to bridges, buildings, and other structures. Let’s hope they don’t gain self-awareness.