Makerstate Initiative Visits Grant County

The New Mexico Makerstate Initiative: 2016 Spring Makerspace Tour is visiting the Silver City Public Library to present hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning activities. The Makerstate Initiative will offer two free hands-on workshops for ages 7 and up on January 21 and 22.

Speaker Making
Thursday, January 21, 4:00-6:00pm

Each participant will have the opportunity to create DIY speakers, learning about magnets, sound and electricity in the process. There will be a limit of 20 participants.

Soap Making and 3D Printing
Friday, January 22, 4:00-7:00pm

Each participant will have the opportunity to create their own DIY soaps in the shape of 3D printed molds, combining chemistry with technology. There will be a limit of 12 participants.

There will be no pre-registration for the workshops; instead, tickets will be handed out starting 30 minutes before the event. The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City. The library has scheduled the workshops in the late afternoon in the hope that many youth ages 7 and up will be able to attend these fun, interactive learning opportunities.

The Bayard Public Library will be hosting a 3D printing demonstration on Saturday, January 23rd from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. There will be a short presentation before the demonstration, and they will print a likeness of the first 20 children at the event. People of all ages are welcome. The Bayard Public Library is located at 1112 Central Avenue in Bayard, and can be contacted at 575-537-6244.

Makerstate Initiative logo featuring children interacting with technologyThis year the New Mexico Makerstate Initiative is led by Miles Tokunow of the Center for Cultural Technology and is administering workshops across the state, taking advantage of libraries’ role as places for discovery and collaboration. The Makerstate Initiative is made possible by a partnership with the New Mexico State Library, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico Highlands University, and AmeriCorps. The project goal is to elevate communities through hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). The Initiative encourages participants to reclaim New Mexico’s rich culture of making while introducing exciting new technologies in a fun and accessible way.

Questions can be directed to Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

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