#sparklabs Tag

18 Apr STEAM: A is for Art

Art-----defined by Webster's dictionary as skill acquired by experience, study, or observation. Where would science, technology, engineering, art and math be without the skill acquired by knowledge, study and observation? Many of the great inventions, discoveries, and breakthroughs wouldn't have happened.  This the is the...

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09 Feb Schedule a Field Trip!

Your La Porte County Public Library is full of surprises! The Library still has books, DVDs, video games, music CDs, and digital collections. The library also has Lego-Mindstorms, 3-D printers, a heat press, a personal die-cut machine and soldering equipment. The library teaches valuable STEAM skills...

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13 Nov Scan Precious Photos and Film

If you have been putting off digitally archiving all of your priceless original photos, then wait no longer. Spark Labs now offers the capability of digitizing photos, negatives, and slides. The Espon V800 Photo Color Scanner is super easy to use. Simply position photos on the...

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31 Aug Spark Labs Launches Open Lab Hours

Starting Friday, September 1, 2017, Spark Labs will host open lab hours at the Main Library. We are excited to provide this space where people of all ages can get together and informally learn STEAM related technologies. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills...

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27 May Spark Labs Club

Do you enjoy hands-on engineering challenges? What about working with robots or making your own art? Kids and teens, expand your knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art, and math at a different branch of the Library each week! You'll get to take part in challenging activities and...

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26 Apr Coding in the Classroom Workshops

Through a generous donation from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County, the Library has purchased coding and robotics equipment. This fall, teachers can borrow Bitsbox, Lego WeDo, and Ozobot curriculum kits for up to 6 weeks. So that educators feel equipped to use these kits in their...

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03 Dec STEAM Stocking Stuffers

As I travel to different schools and children's groups to teach Spark Labs lessons on STEAM skills like computer programming, 3D technology, electronics and robotics, I hear the same 2 questions from adults and kids: "Where can I buy that?!?!" and "How much does it cost?" So,...

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10 Oct Spark Labs 101: Coding

At La Porte County Public Library we offer high-quality free instruction in robotics, 3D design and printing, soldering and more at our scheduled Spark Labs maker classes. Sometimes with busy schedules, it can be difficult to carve out a specific time to register for a scheduled class....

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23 Aug Spark Labs 101: MaKey MaKey

How do you turn bananas into a musical keyboard? Or how about turning Play Doh into a DIY game controller? With a MaKey MaKey, of course. It’s magic. Well, not really. But the MaKey MaKey technology in our Spark Labs might make you think it’s magic....

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08 Aug Spark Labs 101: 3D Printing

If you’re like me, when you first learned 3D printing existed you might have thought it was a made up technology.  How could a printer actually print off tools, spare parts, jewelry, key chains, edible chocolate?  (Do I have your attention now?)  We traditionally associate...

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21 Jun Summer of Making

Makers and builders and doers unite! It’s summer vacation time and National Week of Making June 17-23. Let’s get creative and make something! Looking for project ideas? Instructables.com is a great place to start. This website hosts thousands of project ideas with instructions and great photos...

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10 Jun Become a Master Coder Today!

Coding can be an ominous word and task reserved for an elite club of computer enthusiasts.   A quick poll of library staff revealed that learning to code would probably be “difficult,” “time-consuming,” and “definitely not fun.”  So why would we, those of us that organize...

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26 Feb Meet Dash!

It is easy to assume that working with robots is best done with older ages.  After all, robots must be expensive and fragile and hard to understand.  How could younger children possibly use robots?   That’s just what we set out to do when we ordered...

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30 Nov Starter Apps for 3D Modeling

Do you know a youngster (or someone young at heart!) who is interested in learning how to create some 3D models? We have a couple of fun apps to recommend to get started modeling and become familiar with the 3D environment. Tinkerplay is an app with...

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