WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library is offering several maker workshops in September.
All workshops are free and open to the public, and take place in the library’s Great Hall (main level). The instructor is technology teacher Josh Burker, who has been teaching for more than 15 years, including many classes at the library.
The workshops, beginning this weekend, are as follows:
Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.: Interactive Storybook for Adults. Learn to use the programs Scratch, MaKey MaKey and basic circuitry to design a collaborative interactive storybook. The group will start with a simple children's story in a board book and then add circuitry and programming to create a new dimension to the book. The program is for adults (over age 18). Limit, 10; register online
. This program is on the Saturday of the Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, which is at the Levitt Pavilion and in the upper parking lot of the library. Parking is available in the Imperial and Jesup Green lots.
- Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1-3:30 p.m: Animated Postcards. Create a postcard that lights up using basic circuitry and the program Vine to make a looping animation. Participants will use conductive copper tape, LED stickers and art materials for the project. For adults. Limit, 10; register online here .
- Wednesday, Sept. 23, noon-5 p.m.: Make a Marble Machine. Bricolage is a term for using materials on hand to create a do-it-yourself solution to a problem. Using a variety of materials, the group will solve a problem requiring engineering, iteration and imagination. The program is for all ages. Just drop in.
- Tuesdays until Sept. 22, 4-5:30 p.m.: Community Chess Pieces. Learn to use a hand-held 3-D scanner to create models of library patrons during this five-week project. Build costumes and props from diverse materials and then transform yourself into a chess piece. The goal of this fanciful project is to create 3D-scanned models for a community chess set. The program is for all ages. Just drop in.
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