NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Youths and other residents will have the chance to navigate inside an old computer, create a moving robot, write video game coding or make their own button with sewing at the New Brunswick Free Public Library's New Jersey Makers Day on March 23.
This year, the fifth consecutive year for the program, directors are focusing on STEAM, or Science, Technology, Art and Math, introducing more tech-related activities to the popular programs.
There will be a BristleBot station, where participants can create a simple robot that will be automated.
From noon to 2 p.m. instructors will lead a “tech dissection” station that will allow people to investigate the insides of an old computer, and from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a Lego Mindstorm demonstration aimed especially for youth.
An instructor will provide two special STEM stations from from 1 to 3 p.m. titled “Hands-on Engineering Make-and-Take Projects,” and “Video Game Design with Scratch Programming.”
The first one will have projects exploring electricity, such as building a circuit to light up an LED. At the second station, participants will experiment with Scratch, a graphical language designed to introduce computer coding and programming, to create meaningful and logical scripts for basic video game design.
One other station will highlight sewing crafts, button making, and Perler bead designing and provide people the chance to make something to take home.
New Jersey Makers Day is a celebration of maker culture across the Garden State that connects people with libraries, schools, businesses, and independent makerspaces that supports tinkering, crafting, manufacturing, and STEM-based learning.
NJ Makers Day allows communities to share hands-on programming opportunities, demonstrations and displays, and the expertise of the individuals and organizations that make, create, and develop right in their own backyards.
Events at the library begin at noon and continue to 4 p.m. in the library’s community room that will serve as the NBFPL Makerspace. It is free and open to all ages.
More information is available www.njmakersday.org. Information about the New Brunswick program is available at NBFPL Makerspace, on the website www.nbfpl.org/Makerspace, or by calling the library at (732) 745-5108, ext 20.