Find out how libraries that have implemented maker activities support individuals and whole communities by helping people develop 21st century skills and enhance their chances on the job market:
The Studio – a digital learning lab at Anythink Libraries supports teens in learning the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking – skills necessary to help solve problems of the future.
IdeaLAB in Denver Public Library (Colorado, US) is a digital media lab for teens which offers equipment and software for making videos, music, games, art and more. It provides workshops and special events (including 3D printing jewelry for girls), and participants may use project cards – guidelines, descriptions of tools and suggested activities. After finishing their projects teens earn digital badges as they learn new skills and show off their works on the ideaLab’s website.
Badges for learning skills are also used by Skokie Public Library in its Digital Media Lab. Since September 2013 forty-nine badges have been earned by children in Skokie Library’s Maker Master Challenge. Children earn badges through completing learning objectives by mastering using greenscreen techniques to edit videos and photos, creating a program with introductory software such as Scratch, and much more.
In Edmonton Public Library’ Makerspace (Canada) tours and classes were organized for participants from grade 2 to college level. Curriculum included 3D printing, Scratch, creative physical computing with Makey Makey and Little Bits, robotics, and book publishing. 3D modelling workshops were also hosted for city departments, local youth groups, an agency-sponsored group of women re- entering the workforce, and a division of teachers assigned to lead project based learning.
Howard County Library System’ patrons participating in the HiTech initiative learned game design. Students successfully developed two mobile games, Escape From Detention and Cyborg Glitch. They developed game logic, layout, characters, music, and sound effects to create the humorous and challenging games. Both games are available for free from iTunes and Google Play.
ELA Area Public Library makes available on its website Quick Start Guides to assist users of its Digital Media Lab with their digital projects. Quick start guides are available online in PDF format.
Digital Innovation Hubs – a makerspace in the Toronto Public Library in Canada offers 3D printing certification classes. Staff members show participants how to use the 3D printer. Class’s curriculum includes proper and safe use of the printer, preparation of a 3D design file for print and rules and guidelines. Customers must complete this 3D printer certification before they can use the 3D printer independently.