SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Of course March means madness when it comes to college basketball. However, March also means makers as in NJ Makers Day. The Garden State is set to celebrate its third annual NJ Makers Day on March 24 and March 25. The goal of the state-wide event is to "enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents" promoting innovative, hands-on experience. Initially NJ Makers Day included only one day, but last year it expanded to two to allow schools, colleges and businesses that are typically not open on weekends to join in on the fun too.
NJ Makers Day will be held at public libraries, schools and certain businesses throughout the Garden State on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25. Activities at the Spotswood Public Library will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The staff of the Main Street library including Library Director C.L. Quillen, will be on hand to provide participants with the opportunities to try their hand at several different activities including:
- A stained glass demonstration
- Programming a Finch Robot
- Making a flower pen
- Creating a rocket flinger
- Blending your own smoothie
- Creating a Russian nesting doll
The appearance of the Finch Robot is always a big hit at NJ Makers Day. The Finch is the end result of a four year project at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University and is designed to assist in computer education. It can be utilized with students beginning at age eight that are learning how to code. The Finch can move forward, backward as well as side to side. Batteries are not required for movement. Kids and grownups of all ages always seem to get a kick out of programming the Finch to explore its surroundings.
NJ Makers Day at the Spotswood Public Library is open to all. Registration is not required to attend the event.