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PHOTOS: Create Camp at Maplewood Library Explores STEAM

The Maplewood Library held the official launch of its new “makerspace” — The Create Space — on March 21, 2015 as part of NJ Makers Day.

This summer, the library is running a Create Camp where children, tweens and teens will explore, tinker and make throughout July. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)-based programs are fun as well as educational.

Workshops in 3D modeling, circuitry projects and a Coding Club will take place in the Library’s Create Space, located at the Hilton Branch. There will also be upcycling projects and ‘teens teach’ programs at the Main Library.

Projects will include building mint tin flashlights, brushbots (tiny robots made with toothbrush heads), 3D models and a telegraph. Other fun projects will include upcycling belts, bike tire inner tubes and newspaper.

Kids of all ages can drop in and make cool projects on Maker Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Create Space. Artist and art educator Mansa Mussa will be teaching iPadology (creating a collage on a iPad) and there will also be a Mendhi program. The 3D modeling workshop and Coding Club are both multiple session programs. All other programs are single session projects.

All Create Camp programs are free of charge and participants get to take home what they make. Registration is now open. Programs will run from June 29 through the first week of August. Create Camp is an official Maker Camp affiliate site.

To register for programs go to: www.maplewoodlibrary.org/create-space-events

Irene Langlois is the Head of Teen Services for Maplewood Memorial Library.

Enjoy photos from the Monday, July 6, Create Camp titled “Teens Teach Low Tech LED” using cut-up pipe insulation, glue, paper, paint and markers. Click on any image to start a slideshow.

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