The Southern Prairie Library System has received a grant to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) materials and activities for children and adults in Jackson and Harmon counties. Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
The funds will enable the public libraries in Altus and Hollis to create mobile “MakerSpaces” that will offer materials and projects for arts and crafts design, simple coding and electronics, basic robotics, 3D printing and LEGO creative building projects.
Providing access to these emerging technology resources, along with tutorials and sample projects of special interest to girls as well as boys, will give participants at all levels including parents and caregivers the opportunity to explore their uses. Hands-on practice with these materials will help everyone develop a basic understanding of the hardware and software used to create and build the devices we use today as well as the developing prototypes for tomorrow.
The Altus Public Library will offer these activities during “Maker Mondays” from 3:30 until 5 p.m. on Monday afternoons beginning Aug. 31, Sept. 14, 21, and 28. Parents along with their children ages 7 years and older, as well as interested adults are encouraged to attend the orientations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions with a MakerBot 3D printer and digitizer, Makey Makey Invention Kits, Raspberry Pi computer, Hummingbird Duo and LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kits, Arduino Microcontroller, LEGO Education and Minecraft Kits, and a Cricut cutting machine and materials for DIY arts and craft projects. Parents of children ages 10 and under please plan to stay with your children for the programs.
Please call the library 580-477-2890 for age specific information on each program and what projects will be offered each Monday.