Roadmapping Our Libraries’ Makerspaces

Gyroscope Workshop
Recent Public Community Engagement Workshop in Oakland, CA. Source: Gyroscope, Inc.

Calling all makers, learners, tinkerers, and builders! We invite the public to join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7pm at the Belmont Library to help us plan for future makerspaces and digital media labs in our libraries. As the Maker Movement grows, San Mateo County Libraries continually strive to develop innovative programs for makers of all ages. Our makerspaces will encourage creative failures and teach timeless skills through critical thinking, problem solving, STEAM activities, access to technology, and fostering curiosity every step of the way.

Gyroscope Inc. will lead this public community engagement workshop to bring together an inclusive network of makers who will set the course for our libraries' makerspaces going forward. Come ready to share your passion for making. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

Meeting Agenda

7:00pm Meet the Gyroscope Team
Introductions from Ariella Granett, Louise Mackie, Susan Kent and Steve Tornallyay
7:15pm Activity 1: What Is A Makerspace?
Define important characteristics for a makerspace by placing words and phrase up on the wall
7:45pm Activity 2: Makerspace Mind Map Group Activity
Work together in groups to create a collage of drawings, words, phrases, and simple models with paper, tape, glue, and other craft supplies that represent your group's favorite ideas for a makerspace
8:30pm Activity 3: Collective Ideas Discussion
Discuss possible themes and next step arising from the group's collection of ideas
9:00pm  Workshop Wrap-Up
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