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Library provides technology tools for educators

Local educators who missed the DeKalb Public Library’s first “Makerspace for Educators” program, can attend an encore opportunity at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

Josh McCarthy, the library's Tech Desk and Studio manager, will give an overview of and instructions for the equipment located in the Nancy D. Castle Collaboration Studio. Educators can see examples of projects and ask McCarthy questions about using the library’s technological resources.

The Nancy D. Castle Collaboration Studio houses 2 FDM printers. These 3D printers melt a plastic filament which is extruded in layers onto a build plate based on a list of coordinates created by software. It also has an SLA printer. This 3D printer starts out with a liquid, UV sensitive resin; the build plate lowers into the resin and an ultraviolet laser quickly cures each layer, also using coordinates created by the software.

Along with the 3D printers, the studio has video conferencing software and hardware and collaboration software which allows multiple devices, computers and tablets to connect to a central hub, either with a cord or wirelessly, and display information for everyone to view, quickly and easily switching between the different devices that are connected.

There also is a Cricut vinyl cutter and a brand new laser cutter housed in the room. In addition to the Collaboration Studio, the library will soon have a sound studio for patrons to use.

The library provides a variety of classes on 3D design and printing, Arduino microcontrollers, and the use of library equipment. Classes on specific computer software and basic tools also are available.

The “Makerspace for Educators” program is free and intended for area educators. For more information on this program, the library’s “maker” or computer classes, or the library’s technology equipment, contact McCarthy at 815-756-9568, ext. 2115, or at joshuam@dkpl.org.

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