By now it should be common knowledge that everyone learns in different ways. Some people learn by reading, some people learn by watching; or if you’re like me, you learn by doing
Since the beginning of public libraries, they have always been a place of exploration, discovery, and learning. In keeping true to these core values and it keeping up with the fast pace of technology, we’ve introduced a variety of new ways for our patrons to explore, experiment, and in some cases, get a little messy!
Little Bits is a super cool introduction into the world of circuitry. Each bit has a colour, and each colour has a particular function. Connect a bunch of the magnetic bits together and see what happens! You can make an alarm, a bubble wand, and so much more.
Magformers are a great building block toy. Not quite lego, not quite kinect, but a whole lot of fun! We recently had a set sitting on a desk in the business office and come lunch hour there were always one of two people building away on some impossibly tall tower, or a polyhedron out of some giant Dungeons and Dragons game! Magformers might be marketed for kids, but they’re anything but.<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/60307041″>MaKey MaKey – An Invention Kit for Everyone</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user949394″>jay silver</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Next up is one of my favourites – The Makey Makey! Are you tired of your boring keyboard? Ever wanted to play Pac-Man with nothing but a bowl of fruit to steer your little yellow chomper? Well even if you haven’t, you can! The Makey-Makey makes anything into a keyboard or controller, you simply need a computer and an imagination.
Probably our most complicated new piece of equipment is the Lego Mindstorm. The learning curve is a bit of a challenge for this awesome introduction into robotics and simple coding, but the payoffs are well worth the struggle. Watching your creation move, turn, and perform other tasks is a huge thrill!
All of these cool new additions and many more creative ideas are coming to the library for you to play with and explore over the coming months. Keep your eyes peeled for Maker programs coming to a branch near you!