WARREN, NJ - On Saturday, March 21, makers from across New Jersey will be participating in the inaugural NJ Makers Day 2015 to celebrate and share maker culture. The Warren Township Library will host a Mini Maker Fair highlighting maker-themed activities for the whole family.

NJ Makers Day is designed to be a statewide single-day event that celebrates, promotes, and in many cases may introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs."

Maker spaces across the state are having a significant impact on education and job skills development by providing access to people, information, resources, and tools that facilitate making to a wide variety of skill levels. Popular equipment in some maker spaces might include 3D printers, single board microcontrollers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, robotics, digital media production, computer programming, textile and handicrafts, and more.
 

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Warren Township Library branch will host a Mini Maker Fair from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., highlighting maker-themed activities for the whole family.

Demonstrations will include: basket weaving, knitting reusable gift bags, rug hooking, stenciling, 3D printing, and using Arduonos and Raspberry Pi's for home DIY applications. Make your own button and  get hands on time with MaKey MaKeys to turn everyday objects into touchpads and connect to the internet. See Ozobots and Finch in action. Childrencan work with magnetic building tiles and Crystal Climbers and even make a paper robot. Participate in a Marshmallow Tower Building Challenge; team sign ups start at 11 a.m. and the challenge begins at 11:30 a.m. No registration is required to attend SCLSNJ Warren Township Library branch’s NJ Makers Day Mini Maker Fair. For more information, call 908-754-5554 or go to 

http://somerset.lib.nj.us/njmakersday.htm