Items tagged with Maker

Amazon Alexa Skills Bootcamp

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Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using their own voice. Learn various skills including playing music, answering general questions, adding items to a shopping list, setting an alarm or timer.

Amazon pros will offer two classes at the Library: the first session is from 1-3 pm (register online) and the second session runs from 3-5 pm (register online). The classes are free and registration is required as seating is limited.

“Being able to interact with a computer with my voice is hard to comprehend; I still find it hard to believe,” said Mark Mathias, founder and co-chair of Maker Faire Westport and president of Remarkable STEAM. “Yet people now do it every day. It’s hard to believe this was not possible just a few years ago and we’re only starting to see what this technology can do,” he added.

“Experts from Amazon will come and show people how to create Amazon Skills,” said Manager of Experiential Learning at the Westport Library and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport Alex Giannini. “They will leave having created an Amazon Skill and will be able to create more skills that tie into Alexa Voice Services. We look forward to hearing what ideas people have before, during and after the class.”

Maker Faire Westport is produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. in partnership with the Westport Library. The Maker Faire Westport name is licensed from Maker Media, Inc.
 

McManus Room
Tech Training, Maker Movement

Amazon Alexa Skills Bootcamp

Please see full event listing for date.

Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using their own voice. Learn various skills including playing music, answering general questions, adding items to a shopping list, setting an alarm or timer.

Amazon pros will offer two classes at the Library: the first session is from 1-3 pm (register online) and the second session runs from 3-5 pm (register online). The classes are free and registration is required as seating is limited.

“Being able to interact with a computer with my voice is hard to comprehend; I still find it hard to believe,” said Mark Mathias, founder and co-chair of Maker Faire Westport and president of Remarkable STEAM. “Yet people now do it every day. It’s hard to believe this was not possible just a few years ago and we’re only starting to see what this technology can do,” he added.

“Experts from Amazon will come and show people how to create Amazon Skills,” said Manager of Experiential Learning at the Westport Library and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport Alex Giannini. “They will leave having created an Amazon Skill and will be able to create more skills that tie into Alexa Voice Services. We look forward to hearing what ideas people have before, during and after the class.”

Maker Faire Westport is produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. in partnership with the Westport Library. The Maker Faire Westport name is licensed from Maker Media, Inc.
 

McManus Room
Tech Training, Maker Movement

WestportMAKES: Make a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks

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Create your own stop-action movie masterpiece with filmmaker Jhonny Parks in this 2-day stop-motion workshop right behind the Library's MakerSpace. Jhonny will show you sculpting, posing, and filming techniques and by the end of the workshop, you'll have a finished film. 

Space is limited, and please be able to come to both sessions. AGES 13 AND UP

Jhonny Parks is a stop-motion animator and filmmaker and he was the Danbury Library's Maker-in-Residence for the month of November.   

MakerSpace, The Great Hall
Teen, Maker Movement
High School, Grade 9, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker
Grade9, Grade8, Grade10

Family Maker Sunday: Mother's Day Cards

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Drop in and make a light-up card for your favorite mom. Create a card that will have an LED light in it.

MakerSpace, The Great Hall
Maker Movement, Family
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

Online Minecraft Meetup:Grades 3 & Up

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Meet online every Friday afternoon by signing onto the Fairfield County Minecraft server.  To join our Minecraft server, please email Jaina Shaw jshaw [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

Other
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker
Maker Kids

WestportMAKES: Make a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks

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Create your own stop-action movie masterpiece with filmmaker Jhonny Parks in this 2-day stop-motion workshop right behind the Library's MakerSpace. Jhonny will show you sculpting, posing, and filming techniques and by the end of the workshop, you'll have a finished film. 

Space is limited, and please be able to come to both sessions. AGES 13 AND UP

Jhonny Parks is a stop-motion animator and filmmaker and he was the Danbury Library's Maker-in-Residence for the month of November.   

MakerSpace, The Great Hall
Teen, Maker Movement
High School, Grade 9, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker
Grade9, Grade8, Grade10

Drop-In Fusion 360 Class

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Do you want to learn how to Make 3D models?

Learn to ​3D model geometric forms and export ​your own files​ for ​3D printing! The class is drop-in, so anyone can come by for one hour​ of basic ​instruction and one hour​ of ​“free time”​ to model freely and ​ask questions.  

Come make stuff with us!

MakerSpace, The Great Hall
Maker Movement
All ages
Maker

Maker Faire 2017 Behind-the-Scenes with Alex Giannini, Westport Library Manager of Experiential Learning and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport

February 27, 2017

Maker Faire 2017 Behind-the-Scenes with
Alex Giannini, Westport Library Manager of Experiential Learning and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport

Q. How did the Westport Library and Maker Faire begin this partnership?

A. Mark Mathias, founder of Remarkable STEAM, Inc., approached the Library with an idea. Our then-Director of Innovation, Bill Derry, liked what he heard and set out to figure out how to make it happen. That first year, they expected a few hundred people, since the MakerSpace was new but nearly 2,500 people showed up!

Q. How long have you been involved with the Maker Faire? Why are you passionate about it? 

A. I’ve been involved since 2015, my first year at the Library. Last year, after Bill Derry retired, I became the co-chair of the event along with Mark. When I first arrived here, I had a very hard time visualizing what a Maker Faire at a Library would look like. Even now, after two of them (one that had nearly 8,000 attendees and another that came close to 10,000 people), it’s still hard to put into words what the Faire is like. It’s an explosion of creativity and good vibes, with some of the most interesting people on the planet sharing the things they’re passionate about. Because, at the end of the day, Maker Faire is about PASSION!

Q. What is involved in making the Maker Faire happen?

A. Lots and lots of work behind the scenes. With a Maker Faire the better answer might be something like, “little elves that appear in the middle of the night and put everything together,” but that’s not the case. The “little elves” are actually a small group of incredibly dedicated people—both from the Library and from the Maker Faire Planning Committee.

Q. Why is the Maker Faire important to the community?

A. Maker Faire Westport is a family-friendly explosion of creativity and a love letter to the Maker movement. We are helping to transform people into makers, not just consumers. Since the Faire is an open event where all the participants share their inventions, tools and resources, open collaboration is encouraged. What’s more, the Maker Faire brings thousands of people to the downtown area, many from outside Westport. It’s an opportunity to showcase our town and all of the wonderful people and activities who call Westport home.

Q. How can the community be involved with the Maker Faire?

A. We are always looking for Makers to set up a table and display their ideas and products and for volunteers to help set up and run the event. If you’re an interested Maker, please fill out our Call for Makers form at http://westport.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/. If you’re looking to volunteer at the Faire, you can email me at agiannini [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

Maker

Watch us Build a Gaming Computer!

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Ever see one of those super-cool and super-fast gaming computers? Ever wonder how to build one of those computers? Well, we've got you covered!
 
Stop by the Great Hall on Wednesday, Feb 15, to watch as MakerSpace coach Jacob Waldman will build a gaming computer for use in the MakerSpace. 
 
All are welcome to watch him from 5:00-7:00 as he puts all the pieces together.
The Great Hall
Technology

i²robotics Demonstration

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Join i²robotics and The New Haven Bomb Squad for a unique and inspiring Robotics Demonstration in the Great Hall in front of the MakerSpace! 
i²robotics, a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team made up of ten
Staples HS students, in collaboration with the New Haven Bomb Squad,
will demonstrate competition and bomb searching and destroying robots.
Please join us to see the latest in robotics game and bomb detecting
technology and learn about the FIRST (For Inspiration of Recognition
and Technology) program for students.

MakerSpace, The Great Hall
Technology
All ages
Maker Kids