MiY Makerspace

Bring Your Ideas to MiY

Make It Yourself (MiY) gives residents of all ages access to tools, techniques and hands-on learning experiences that will spark their imaginations and enrich their lives. A particular focus will be given to young people, with the goal of inspiring/nurturing their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM education is increasingly important as students prepare for careers in our 21st century, technology-dependent, global economy. Looking at global technology trends, these learning and "making" experiences are going to be vital for current and future generations.


Maker Movement Infographic

MiY provides a variety of opportunities for the public to learn new skills, cultivate and prototype new ideas, as well as collaborate with others to create things :

Weekly makerspace open hours Thurs 2:30-4:30pm (and by appointment) when visitors can freely use the space to access information, tools and resources to learn or work projects.

Our annual "Summer of MAKE" intiative which provides children and teens with a stimulating and experience rich environment making STEM based projects and builds.

Monthly and bi-monthly instructor led activities for children, teens and adults

Large-scale family-friendly events such as Art-tronics, Cardboard Challenge, New Jersey Makers Day and our Mini Maker Exhibition

Use of our makerspace, by appointment, for individuals and groups (including meetings, demonstrations and tours)

Piscataway Library has always been a destination for consuming content. Now the library is a place you can go to create, too!

For more information about our MiY makerspace, please contact Doug Baldwin, Head of Technology at dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org


Tinker Camp (for those entering grades K-5)

Registration for Tinker Camp opens on Monday, June 4th at 10am. To register for any Tinker Camp programs, please visit or call the Kennedy Library Childrens Department at 732-463-1633 x7.

Tinker Camp is for those entering grades K-5. Only children in either K-2, or 3-5 can be registered, and children cannot register for programs outside their grade group. There are not exceptions to this.

Please note that children can only be registered for TWO Tinker Camp programs. There will be not waiting lists taken - however if spots for a closed program become available, we will offer the opportunity to any child to then register for open available spots on a first-come / first-served basis.

The following is the schedule for Tinker Camp 2018 :

Week Program Title Grade Level Date Time Location
1 Soap / Leak Proof Bag K-2 Wed, 6/27 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
1 Soap / Leak Proof Bag 3-5 Thur, 6/28 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
2 Terrariums / Kindness Rocks K-2 Thur, 7/5 10:30a-12p Kennedy Library
2 Terrariums / Kindness Rocks 3-5 Thurs, 7/5 1:30-3p Kennedy Library
3 Lava Lamps / Shaving Cream Clouds K-2 Wed, 7/11 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
3 Squishy Circuits 3-5 Thur, 7/12 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
4 Baking Soda Boats K-2 Wed, 7/18 10:30a-12p Kennedy Library
4 Paddle Boats 3-5 Thur, 7/19 10:30a-12p Kennedy Library
5 Balance Robots / Gravity Painting K-2 Wed, 7/25 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
5 Solar Oven S'mores 3-5 Thur, 7/26 10:30a-12p Westergard Library

Tinker Camp 2018 is generously funded with support from the Friends of the Piscataway Public Library


Maker Lab (for those entering grades 4-5)

Maker Lab is our open-ended immersive tinkering program where participants will work with long-time educator and Piscataway resident Dave Zirkle on electronics and robotics based projects collaberatively, learning about the Arduino platform and coding environment to prototype various types of projects. This immersive program will be offered in a two week session in the month of August. Each of the sessions will run from 10am-12:30pm from Tuesday-FridayWe will accept 13 participants for this program. The program dates are as follows :

  •  August 7-10 and August 14-17

Registration for Maker Lab opens Monday, July 30th.

There is no residency restriction for this program.

Note : To register and attend, your  tween must be able to attend all 8 sessions with a maximum of 2 excused absences. Teens participating in the Teen Maker Institute are not eligible to participate in this program.

Click here to register for Maker Lab starting on Monday, July 30th


So Sew Easy

So Sew Easy is an MiY: Makerspace program designed for adults.  Students will learn how to create a specific project.  

Projects will include: reversible table runner, envelope pillow cover, simple tote and more.  

Requirements:  Basic sewing skills.  

Please register by calling Kennedy Library (732) 463-1633 ext. 4114

 

Discover : Sewing

Discover : Sewing is an MiY: Makerspace program designed for adults who are interested in learning how to sew.  Students will become more familiar with the sewing machine and basic sewing.

This class will walk students through learning  new skills and techniques and more.

No prior sewing machine experience necessary.  

Please register by calling Kennedy Library (732) 463-1633 ext 4114