The Maker Experience

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Visit the WLA Makerspace in the Exhibit Hall for tons of hands-on activities that let you experience the maker movement and learn how it could apply to your library. The Maker movement combines creativity, collaboration, literacy development, and STEM/STEAM education in a participatory learning environment.

The Makerspace team has lots of fun activities planned for this year’s conference.

Wednesday Activities:

Make a Video Game with Paper and an iPad
Make a game with graph paper, an iPad (provided or use your own) and the PixelPress Floors app.

Cereal Box Book Making
Make a hand-stitched notebook out of a cereal box.

Squishy Circuits
Learn to teach electronics without soldering or wires with homemade conductive dough.

Thursday Activities (Morning)

Board Game Creation
Materials and inspiration for creating board games will be available. Hopefully, the games will take only 5 - 10 minutes to be created. Packets with materials will be available for attendees to make the games on their own time.

3D Printing
See a real life 3D Printer and make something awesome!

Thursday Activities (Afternoon)

Art Bots / Scribble Bots
Play with Art Bots and explore ways to use them in your library programs.

Build-a-Poem Blocks
Build a poem using blocks in this engineering-meets-art activity.

Play with a MaKey-MaKey and explore ways to use them in your library programs.