MakerSpace Equipment

Hands on Making and Experimentation! The MakerSpace has a variety of products, tools and equipment in addition to 3D printers available for patrons to use on-site.

Email WestportMAKES [at] gmail [dot] com to set up an appointment to use ANY item listed.
Here are the guidelines:

  • A MakerSpace waiver must be signed by adult patron or by a parent or guardian for patrons 17 years of age or younger. Waivers may be downloaded from www.westportlibrary.org/makes
  • A parent/care giver must sign out the equipment and follow the supervision requirements listed with the item. At a minimum, a parent/care giver must remain in the library if child using the item is between 8 and 12 years old; children under 8 must have the adult supervising use of the product in the MakerSpace.
  • Products may only be used where specified in the requirements which will be the MakerSpace workshop and the MakerSpace Balcony ONLY.
  • Patron is responsible for replacement cost if object is damaged or parts are missing.

Products available:

  • Cubetto Robot – introduction to coding for ages 4+
    Cubetto is a hands-on color and shape coordinated coding program for pre-readers and older
  • LEGO Story Starters – illustrated storytelling for ages 4+
    Create short stories in comic book format using LEGO for characters and scenery and a tablet/ipad camera
  • Code & Go® Robot Mouse - introduction to coding for ages 4+
    A hands-on table-top color coordinated coding program in which you make mazes and program the robot mouse to run them
  • LEGO Wedo Robotics – build and program LEGO robots for ages 5+
    Build robots with working motors and sensors and program them with easy-to-use, drag and drop coding software
  • Dash Robot – robot controlled with a tablet with Blockly, Wonder and LEGO apps for ages 6+
    Dash Robot is paired with a Library tablet which controls its speed, direction and accessories.
  • LittleBits – snap together circuitry kits for ages 8+
    LittleBits are color coded, magnetic circuitry kits that let you create inventions that move, light up and more. Bits include blue power bits, pink input bits, orange wires and connectors, and green output bits. Arduino, Makey-Makey and Cloud bits available.
  • BB8 Robot – Star Wars BB8 app-enabled robot for ages 8+
    This app-enabled Droid (T) responds to synced Library tablets and ultimately to the user’s voice. Intuitive controls.
  • Sphero 2.0 – an app-enabled robot ball for ages 8+
    This app-enabled ball responds to synced Library tablets and ultimately to the user’s voice. Intiutive controls.
  • Makey Makey - turns objects into touchpads for creation of inventions and games for ages 8+
    Use a library computer to link the Makey Makey with Scratch coding program to create games and inventions. (familiarity with Scratch is helpful)
  • LEGO Mindstorm –LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits for ages 10+
    Sign out a power brick for our Mindstorm Kit and make your creation move!
  • Glue Guns – for ages 10+
    Use for individual projects. Adult supervision required

Training Required before use:

  • Raspberry Pi – mini computer compatible with Scratch coding program for ages 12+
    Practice coding with this mini computer. Project ideas link.
  • Arduino – a single board micro controller for ages 12+
    Use this controller to create digital devices. Linux, C++ and Python languages.
  • Soldering Kit. Guide to soldering.
  • Sewing Machines (coming soon) Digital machines for use for ages 10+
  • 3D Printers
  • Carvey – 3D Carving Machine
  • Vinyl Cutter – this machines cuts a variety of materials such as vinyl, paper, cardstock, vellum, iron-on heat transfer material, and sticker paper.
  • Hand and Power Tools – available to use on your own projects. Age restrictions may apply for individual tools

 

 

 

 

 

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To schedule a training with a 3D printer coach, send an email to westportmakes [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: 3D%20Printer%20Session) listing 3 preferred dates and times for an appointment. Please allow at least 72 hours for us to get back to you. TWO 1-hour training sessions are required.

Once the coach feels you are aware of how the 3D printer functions and how to solve problems when they occur, you can schedule a 2-hour session once a week on the printer. Printing appointments are dependent on the availability of the printers.

Cost: Westport residents do not pay to use the 3D printers. Non-residents pay $10 an hour for the trainings and printer appointments.There is no "drop in" use of the printers. All appointments must be made in advance. Visitors to the MakerSpace must sign in. 

If you would like to learn about other programs, such as CAD, arduino, or robotics, please send us an westportmakes [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: MakerSpace%20Lessons) (email )and we will do our best to accomodate.  

NOTE: All participants MUST sign a waiver form before working in the MakerSpace.The forms are at the Reference Desk, or can be downloaded below.

Waiver for Adult      Waiver for Minors   Waiver for Families