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LIBRARY AS MAKERSPACE: Adventures in Soldering: Holiday Tree Project Velleman MK100 Holiday Tree, Christmas Tree, Soldering, Projects, Teal Christmas Tree, Log Projects, Blue Prints, Brazing, Xmas Trees

Velleman Holiday Soldering Tree

Soldered Velleman MK100 Electronic Christmas Tree

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3D Printing Holiday Ornaments

This holiday season, I was inspired by snowflake silhouette 3D prints and wanted to teach a class using the draw-print image method I have blogged about previously. This time I would skip the drawing step and use google images to find a pre-made silhouette. I started by googling Mario star silhouette. I saved the file as a JPG then converted to SVG using online-convert, imported into Tinkercad, then hit CTRL + D multiple times for smart duplicate (thank you Tinkertips). I tried once with…

Happy Hour of Code Week Robots Dash, Sphero and Beebot Happy Hour, Coding, Projects, Kids, Robot, Log Projects, Young Children, Blue Prints, Boys

Happy Hour of Code Week

Don't forget that next week is the Hour of Code, a global initiative to entice people of all ages to learn one hour of coding through games. You don't need to do anything more than download some promotional materials and lead patrons to the website for them to sign in. To extend the hour of code beyond the website, we'll be putting out some of our robots to try. This year's newest addition to our circulating collection is the adorable Dash robot. Who is by far my favorite robot that I have…

Crazy about smart home robots? Here are the best 5 home robots that you can buy right now. Yes, its real, the imaginary household robots are available in the. Household Robots, Cozmo Robot, Vector Robot, Real Robots, Smart Robot, Human Connection, Cool Tech, Cool Gadgets, New Technology

Cozmo Robot by Anki, FULL Review. This Will Change Things...

Cozmo Robot Review http://www.DadDoes.Com I am going to come out and say it - you have never played with a robot like Cozmo! This robot is so full of persona...

Inspiring inventions with the printer: this one is a water bottle cleaner. Water Bottle Cleaner, 3d Printer, Inventions, Projects, Log Projects, Blue Prints

Practical 3D Applications Part 3

2nd attempt I have a glass water bottle that is very hard to clean because it has a small mouth opening. Normally I clean it with a paper towel attached to a chopstick. One of our staff found me cleaning it one day and said, "Why don't you 3D print something?" Why indeed! My idea was to take 2 toothbrushes, measure out the width and length of the bottom of the brushes with my trusty digital caliper, then make a long attachment so I can reach deep down without using my hand. I used pre-made…

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Integrating the 3D Printer Into Program Giveaways & Marketing Promotions

Need to make an award? Now that we have a 3D printer readily available, there are so many opportunities for customized giveaways/prizes that we would normally have to go out and purchase through companies like Oriental Trading. For our first egg drop last summer, we 3D printed medals that we designed in Tinkercad for the winners. Egg drops are really fun and low stress program since all you provide is the eggs and a tarp. We dropped contraptions kids made from home out the 2nd story window…

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3D Printers: Program or Service?

I'm always reflecting and evaluating how something is working especially something as expensive as our Ultimaker 2 3D printer. Before purchasing a 3D printer, make sure to have a talk with staff about what they hope to accomplish with this printer. Is it a program? Is it a self-directed service? Is it both? This is true for any kind of new equipment such as video to DVD conversion, scanners, free Adobe suite products, and other items in our digital media lab. Ideally, people would come in…

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STEM highlights from MLA Conference

Yesterday I attended the Massachusetts Library Association's Annual Conference in Hyannis, MA. It had an amazing selection of presenters. They talked about the many facets of librarianship from programming to reader's advisory with some STEM highlights: Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Marion public libraries came together for a MOBY (My Own Backyard) LSTA grant. Librarians from all three librarians as well as a science curriculum educator collaborated to provide backpacks with science related…

I just won our Pokemon Gym: All about pokemon go and library programming Free Library, Pokemon Go, Programming, Gym, Projects, Fictional Characters, Log Projects, Blue Prints, Little Free Libraries

Pokemon Go Update: I Just Won Our Gym!

I had been out all weekend walking around catching Pokemon and all that worked payed off as I came into work (EARLY a first) just so I could see if I could win our library gym. I easily defeated the yellow team that was in charge of the gym and now it has become a red team training area. So what does that mean? All weekend I have cavorted around downtown Plymouth, MA and areas of Boston, MA to catch common Pokemon like Pidgeys and Weebles or a few more alluring rare ones that popped up like…

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Podcast on Pokemon Go

Here is our podcast on the subject starring myself, Beth (circulation/tech services) and Suzanne (reference/YA) As we keep playing, we start to learn the finer details behind the Pokemon Go phenomenon and explain it for non-users or the curious. On a side note: I am now level 19 :)

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What to Do With Discarded 3D Printer Filament?

Whenever we change reels on the Ultimaker 2 there is a good stretch of filament that is ribbed and must be discarded. My coworker Larissa made bracelets out of them! The clasp is printed in clear filament. You can print these in bulk (10 minutes to print a single but you could print multiples at once) and focus a class just on making charms for them. A note about charms: using jump rings makes the bracelet easier to wear with the charms as demonstrated with the octopus vs the Pokeball and…

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Duxbury Free Library

The Duxbury Free Library, located in Duxbury, MA, provides a welcoming environment where people of all ages can pursue individual interests through interaction with a knowledgeable staff, access to an extensive collection of resources and materials including up to date technology and participation in specialized programs and workshops.

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Duxbury Free Library

The Duxbury Free Library, located in Duxbury, MA, provides a welcoming environment where people of all ages can pursue individual interests through interaction with a knowledgeable staff, access to an extensive collection of resources and materials including up to date technology and participation in specialized programs and workshops.

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Converting a drawn image to a 3D print

Just when I think it's time to cancel Facebook, I find an awesome group of librarians who have inspired me. The group is called Makerspaces and the Participatory Library. I have always considered 3D printing to be something that students in upper elementary and beyond could bring their designs to fruition with the aid of Tinkercad but what about a 5 yr old? In the Facebook group, I just saw this post that any black and white silhouette image could be flat printed on a 3D printer. The steps…

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First test of Strawbees

My Strawbees came into the mail today! How exciting! I ordered the 368 piece kit for $50. I opened the box to my only complaint about the item. It contained sheets of the connectors. I had to hand pull off every single piece with a kit of 368 pieces. It made me wish I had a volunteer handy. Make sure you have a hole punch because the middle circles of each piece all need to be taken out too. All the pieces were separated into small Tupperware containers for later use and I got to work…