Coding Crash Course, Nov 2nd 4pm

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Is anyone interested in learning the basics of coding? We have a STEAM volunteer coming to the base library’s MakerSpace on November 2nd, 4-6pm, to teach a crash course in coding! He is currently earning a degree in computer science and will be a teacher very soon. Babies will be welcome during this session.

The course will be designed for elementary to upper middle school kids, but anyone with a desire to learn about coding is welcome and encouraged to come! Call 703-784-4348 with any questions, and join the Facebook event for reminders. See you there!

 

Open Call for STEAM Class Volunteers

Are you an expert coder? Do you know a lot about robotics, circuitry, or another STEAM subject? Do you want to share what you know and inspire someone else? Then we have an opportunity for you!

We are looking for volunteers to teach mini STEAM lessons on MakerSpace days (1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 3-6pm)! We have held a Scratch class in the past, which taught the basics of creating a game or virtual app. Our audience is usually elementary through upper middle school aged kids, but we are very interested in drawing in an older audience as well. If you are interested, please contact Kaylee Wilsher or Katelyn McManus at the base library at 703-432-4530.

Scratch Class Success

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We celebrated Scratch Day here at the library yesterday by hosting a class on Scratch basics, and our awesome patrons made some pretty cool projects!

Scratch is an free online program that lets you create apps without writing a single line of code. You can make games, interactive stories, animation, and more! We will be doing a similar class in the near future, using Scratch or another similar program so look out for announcements on Facebook!

Check out these projects created during our class!

AHHHHHHHH! by purplepanda4569
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Captain Planet Dance Party by velrabbit
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Fanny Pack Dance Party by velrabbit

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Cat Space Adventure (requested by Hilda Harris) by velrabbit

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Spotlight On: Ozobots

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Meet the Ozobots!

Our next MakerSpace session will take place on Wednesday, April 6th, 2pm-7pm.

This week we’re highlighting Ozobots, small round robots that follow marker lines and obey commands.

How do you get them to spin like a tornado, zoom like rockets, or crawl at a snail’s pace?

Hint: Different color combinations signal the bots to do different things, all you have to do is draw them!

Are you ready to meet the Ozobots!?

Star Wars STEM: Mission Complete

We completed our mission in Star Wars STEM with great success! One of the most popular stations seemed to be the Dash ‘Escape the Death Star’ Maze where kids used an iPad to guide Dash through treacherous enemy territory, with bookend stormtroopers at every turn. The SnapCircuit table was also a very popular choice–we had quite a few future engineers come up with amazing and creative projects!

There was also some very impressive coding performed in the Star Wars Coding Challenge station, where kids used blockly to program droids through a variety of mazes and challenges.

Thanks to everyone who came out and had fun, and we hope to see you all again very soon. Our next session will be on Wednesday, April 6th, 2pm-7pm.

 

Spring is Coming – Awaken the Force Within You!

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Image credit: Ships by Vanja, CC BY

Our March MakerSpace sessions will take place on March 2nd & March 30th from 2pm – 7pm (the 1st & 5th Wednesdays this month).

We moved the second session to March 30th so that everyone enjoying Spring Break on base can come have fun!

Our theme for the spring break MakerSpace will be… STAR WARS! Check back for more information on the special Star Wars STEM activities (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) we have planned.

If you’re not into Star Wars – don’t worry. You can awaken other creative forces within you!

To get into the spirit of things, try out this awesome Hour of Code: Star Wars Edition at home. You get to program BB-8 and make your own droid game!

And if that isn’t the coolest thing you do today, then we don’t know what is!

MakerSpace Grand Opening – December 16, 2015

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Quantico MakerSpace Opens

Wednesday, December 16

from 1400-1900 (2:00-7:00 pm)

MakerSpace is coming! Are you as excited as we are!? The goal of MakerSpace is to inspire learning, creativity, and exploration of new technologies, free of traditional educational boundaries. There are no tests or wrong answers, only the opportunity to explore, discover, and create! Our members will be granted open access to all of our MakerSpace equipment, including:

  • 3D Printer & Scanner* (to be operated by staff only)
  • Dash & Dot robots
  • Engino building kits
  • GoldieBlox
  • Hummingbird robotics kits
  • Leap Motion
  • Legos
  • MakeyMakey
  • Osmo
  • OWI robotic arms
  • Ozobots
  • Q-Ba-Maze
  • Roominate
  • Snapcircuits


Participation Guidelines:
 Library Patrons must show a military, military dependent, or government employee CAC ID, and sign a User Agreement in order to gain access to the MakerSpace. All members are required to adhere to specific safety standards as outlined in the User Agreement. Children under 10 must be vouched for and supervised by an adult at all times. For questions on participation guidelines, please see a Base Library staff member.

Get a Free 3D Ornament! Participants in our Children’s Christmas Program on Tuesday, December 15 (10:00 am) will receive a Limited Edition 3D-printed tree ornament – and a preview of the MakerSpace!

MakerSpace Holiday Schedule: The next MakerSpace session will take place on January 6, 2016. Future MakerSpace sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, from 1400-1900 (2:00-7:00 pm). See you there!


*Members interested in 3D printing should arrive at least by 5:00 pm in order to allow enough time to print your object. 3D printers are operated by Library staff only. Time slots are limited, so make sure to see a staff member to sign up!

Coming soon… Quantico MakerSpace!

Welcome to the Quantico Base Library MakerSpace blog! Here, we will post our workshop schedules, upcoming events, and details about the creatively inspired equipment we have available for our members.

Becoming a member of the Quantico Base Library MakerSpace is easy, quick, and free – if you’re a Library patron in good standing, you’re good to go! But most importantly, exploring our workshop can inspire you to become a world class creator. Many inventors have gotten their start just by messing around with a 3-D printer (of which we have 2) or discovering their first circuit board (of which we have 8).

You might be thinking, “Why should I bother making something with a 3-D printer when I could easily buy something better?” The idea here is creation for creation’s sake. The process of brainstorming, designing something, working out the kinks, holding your finished product and taking pride in your own creative abilities – that’s what 3-D printing can provide. Also, the possibilities of 3-D printing go far beyond a simple chess piece or vase – in fact, they have recently been used to create cost-effective, long lasting, prosthetic arms for victims of war in Sudan:

But 3-D printing aside, a MakerSpace’s main function is to inspire creativity and interest in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, (and in our case) Arts & Mathematics) in builders young and old. We will be providing opportunities to explore all of these subjects with a variety of tools and items – most of which aren’t available in schools or other library settings. We have circuit boards, Legos, Goldieblox kits, Roominate kits, robotic arms, marble mazes, sewing machines, and so much more. It’s never too early or too late to plant the seeds of creativity, and the best part of all – it’s free!

More information will be provided as we get closer to our grand opening date, so stay tuned for more details and stay creative, builders!