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Teen Tech Week – Makerspace Tour

 

The NM Makerstate Prius was packed to the brim with 3D printers, electronics, tools, and computers.

The NM Makerstate Prius packed to the brim with 3D printers, electronics, tools, and computers for Teen Tech Week.

For Teen Tech Week 2014 the Parachute Factory crew hit the road to promote the NMSL’s Makerspace programs around the state. This 6 day whirlwind tour took us to 5 libraries across nearly 1,000 miles of New Mexico. We held workshops in Ft. Sumner, Carlsbad, Socorro, Magdalena, and Laguna Pueblo. On the menu for the week was 3D printing & scanning, electronic textiles, Makey Makey, and FIXIT Friday.

3D Printing & Scanning
In Ft. Sumner, Carlsbad, and Laguna the crew showed of the NMSL Makerbot 3D Printer alongside Parachute Factory’s PrintrBot 3D Printer and a Microsoft XBOX Kinect as a 3D Scanner. Participants had the chance to not only see the printers in action, but to try their hand at 3D scanning, 3D CAD design and 3D printing.

A participant in Ft. Sumner shows off a 3D print of herself.

A finished model from the 3D printing & scanning workshop in Ft. Sumner.

Makerspace participants in Carlsbad experiment with 3D scanning.

Makerspace participants in Carlsbad experiment with 3D scanning.

A CAD designed creation assembles in Laguna.

A CAD designed creation assembles in Laguna.


E-Textiles & Makey
Makey
Our stop in Socorro was a doubleheader with workshops in electronic textiles and Makey Makey microcontrollers. Participants wired up Makey Makeys with bananas, broccoli, and apples to control video games and electronic pianos. Others experimented with sewing LEDs into fabric.

Participants in Socorro gather to try their hand at controlling Mario Bros. with a Makey Makey.

A crowd gathers in Socorro gather to try their hands at controlling Mario Bros. with a Makey Makey.

The electronic textiles workshop teaches the basics of sewing LEDs into fabric.

The electronic textiles workshop teaches the basics of sewing LEDs into fabric.

A participant of the electronic textiles workshop shows off his creation.

A finished e-textiles piece in Socorro.

A fruit & vegetable piano in Socorro.

A fruit & vegetable piano in Socorro.

 

FIXIT Friday 
The Magdalena Public Library turned was transformed into a makeshift repair shop for FIXIT Friday. Locals brought in broken items and got help fixing them up. The crew helped fix a vacuum cleaner, a weed whacker, an Android tablet, a laptop, and a statue. Just for fun, we brought along a 3D printer to show off as well!

Repairing a lion statue at Magdalena's FIXIT Friday event.

Repairing a lion statue at Magdalena’s FIXIT Friday event.

 

Our first ever Makerspace tour was a great success! The maker movement sparks excitement and curiosity in all who participate. What better venue than the library to bring communities together to experiment and learn new skills! We have already begun planning our next trip, so keep an eye out for details soon.

Huge thanks to all of the librarians, volunteers, and participants who made the tour so much fun!

You can find more images from our Teen Tech Week Makerspace Tour here: Parachute Factory on Facebook

 

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

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