Makerspace

A library MakerSpace is an area that offers patrons an opportunity to create intellectual and physical materials using resources such as computers, 3-D printers, audio and video capture and editing tools, and traditional arts and crafts supplies. In a library MakerSpace or maker program, patrons of varying ages can work together, alone, or with library staff on creative projects. These spaces often give community members access to tools, technology, and social connections that may not be easily accessible otherwise.

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Vista Grande Library

Vista Grande Library’s Makerspace is their science, technology, and art room.  It has a slew of classes for all ages as well as “open free time” for public patrons can sign-up to use at their leisure. Vista Grande Students can use the space during lunch time and afterschool as well as on Saturdays. They have sewing machines, art supplies, iMacs, video, music, and photo editing software, high-def scanners, robotics, and more! All interested patrons/students MUST sign the Makerspace Agreement prior to utilizing the space in any capacity. **Space and program is free and open to the public*

Apache Junction Library

Apache Junction Public Library has a MakerBot 3D printer that is available to use for free by the public.  Patrons must make an appointment to sign-up for an instructional class prior to using the 3D printer on their own.

Apache Junction Public Library also has various tools and equipment for creating videos.  This includes lighting and a green screen.   This equipment, as well as room space, can be reserved in advance my contacting the library.


List of free online tools commonly used in a MakerSpace:

3D Design

2D Design

  • Pixlr (similar to Photoshop)
  • Vectr (similar to Illustrator)

Coding:

Other STEM resources: