New Jersey: The Maker State!

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in TLC Blog

First Annual NJ Makers Day a huge success in Cape May County

On Saturday, March 21st, the Technology Learning Center and the Cape May County Library were official hosts of the first annual New Jersey Makers' Day.  The purpose of NJ Makers' Day was to celebrate and promote maker culture, something that the TLC strives to do each and every day as we continue to expand our Makerstation at the library.  We, along with several other locations throughout the state provided STEM, STEAM, and DIY based programs and workshops to our patrons at no cost!  

We had many patrons of all ages join us throughout the day to participate in the many workshops, demonstrations, and activities we had to offer! 


Our friend and regular patron Bob stayed the whole day with his 3D printed robot hand project from inMoov! 

Maker Day InMoov  Maker Day InMoov 1

Patrons of all ages enjoyed mess-free finger painting on our art computer!

Maker Day Paint     Maker Day Paint 1 

Maker Day Paint 3     Maker Day Paint 2 

The WASP (Wireless Aircraft Sports Pilots) Club of Cape May County came by with some models that they build and fly, and let patrons fly some aircrafts themselves!

Maker Day WASP    Maker Day WASP 4 

 Maker Day WASP 2    Maker Day WASP 1 

 Maker Day WASP 3    Maker Day WASP 6  

Michelle was ready to help patrons sew a square (or two) on our community quilt!

Maker Day Sewing 1 

Maker Day Sewing

 Maker Day Sewing 3 

During two of the workshops, patrons were able to make their own LED light boxes and watch a homemade light bulb light up!   

Maker Day Light Box  Maker Day Light Box 1 

 Maker Day Lightbulb  Maker Day Lightbulb 1

During another workshop, some of our youngest patrons made their own LED bookmarks to take home!   

Maker Day LED 1   Maker Day LED 2   

The Retro Pi was Rockin' old school Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Kerbal Space Program was ready for liftoff!  

 Maker Day Pi 1 

 Maker Day Pi

Maker Day Kerbal   

 Maker Day Kerbal 1

There was also GarageBand 

Maker Day GarageBand


Maker Day PaperCloth

3D Designing 

Maker Day 3D


Maker Day Minecraft  Maker Day Minecraft 1

And Makey Makey Game Controllers too!

Maker Day Controller 1  Maker Day Controller

All the while, ROBOTS wandered the premises!

From finches and Dot and Dash 

Maker Day Robots 

 Maker Day Robots 1

 Maker Day Robot 2 

To our crazy LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robots

 Maker Day LEGO 2 

 Maker Day LEGO 3 

 Maker LEGO 4

In addition to the slew of activities that we had going on in the TLC, we made sure that the other 7 branches of the library didn't feel left out!  Vicki, the children's librarian at the Lower Library, hosted a program where patrons could build their own balancing toy!  Cape May City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Upper, Wildwood Crest, and Woodbine set aside space in their branches for patrons to build and solve their own 3D puzzles!  

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Patrons in Cape May City building their 3D puzzles! 

With a total of just over 60 people in attendance, the first annual Makers' Day proved to be a fantastic success!  Kids, teens, and adults alike all had a great time, and we already can't wait to do it again next year!  














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