Items tagged with Maker

Reel Science: "The Blob”

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The Westport Library is teaming up with Earthplace to give Westport a new way to look at science. “Reel Science” is a film series that pairs screenings of popular films with science-focused introductions by professionals from the worlds of science and technology. The evening also includes hands-on MakerSpace activities inspired by the film.

In August, we will screen the campy 1958 science fiction classic, The Blob, (1h 26m) starring Steve McQueen. The introduction will explore the science behind meteors. What really happens when a meteor hits the Earth? We will explore a few of the scenarios surrounding space objects colliding with Earth. 

Note location: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport
If it rains, the program will be inside Earthplace.

Earthplace
Teen, Maker Movement, Films
High School
Grade10, Grade9

Reel Science: “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”

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The Westport Library is teaming up with Earthplace to give Westport a new way to look at science. “Reel Science” is a film series that pairs screenings of popular films with science-focused introductions by professionals from the worlds of science and technology. The evening also includes hands-on MakerSpace activities inspired by the film.

In July, see Honey I Shrunk the Kids, the 1989 family classic starring Rick Moranis. The introduction to the film will explore the ecology of backyards. What kind of life is in our backyard? Why is that life important? And what can we do to ensure that the living things in our backyards are well cared for? (Film runs 1 hr, 41m.)

Partner & location: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport
If it rains, the program will be inside Earthplace.

Earthplace
Maker Movement, Films, Family
All ages
Maker Kids

Sewing Skills Workshops: Ages 10 & Up

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Join intermediate level workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston to learn how to make a buttonhole, read and cut a pattern and more. Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Indicate whether you want to use one of the Library machines when you register. Ages 10 & up

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

Program Room
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker
Maker Kids

Sewing Intensive Workshops: Ages 10 & Up

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Join beginner/intermediate level workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston.  Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Indicate whether you want to use one of the Library machines when you register. Ages 10 & up

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

Program Room
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker
Maker Kids

Sewing Intensive Workshops: Ages 10 & Up

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Join beginner/intermediate level workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston.  Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Indicate whether you want to use one of the Library machines when you register. Ages 10 & up

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

Program Room
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker
Maker Kids

"Out with the Old" Take-It-Apart Workshop

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Back by popular demand! Take apart the MakerSpace's old or broken electronics and see how they work. Join inventor Mike Altis to explore the insides of machines, learn about tools and possibly create your own machine. 
Ages 10 through adult
Free; just drop in.

 

Maker Movement
Maker

Family Maker Sunday

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fireflyJoin in the making of a colorful "Firefly Balls" to take home. Drop in anytime. Great for all ages.

Riverwalk level, Children's area

For more information, contact Margaret Pastel

(mpastel [at] westportlibrary [dot] org).

Riverwalk Level
Maker Movement, Family
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

WestportWRITES at the Maker Faire: R J Theodore on Getting Past Fear

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WestportWRITES welcomes author R J Theodore (Flotsam) for a talk about getting past fear as a writer and believing in creativity. Using her own writer’s journey as a starting point, Theodore will show you how to work past your self-imposed obstacles.

Flotsam, Theodore’s new book, is a fantastical steampunk first-contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to create a story you won’t soon forget.

R J Theodore is hellbent on keeping herself busy. Seriously folks, if she has two spare minutes to rub together at the end of the day, she invents a new project with which to occupy them. She enjoys design, illustration, video games (mostly spectating, for she is not as adept at them as she would prefer), reading, binging on media, napping with her cats, and cooking. She is passionate about art and coffee. R J Theodore lives in New England with her family. She co-hosts The Hybrid Author Podcast and writes non-fiction as Rekka Jay.
 

 

Large Reading Room
Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Technology and Art with Visual Artist Rashaad Newsome

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents visual artist Rashaad Newsome for a talk exploring his use of technology—primarily video and sound technology—to create cutting edge contemporary art.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Best known for his visually stunning collages housed in custom frames, Newsomes’ work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a certificate of study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). In 2005 he studied MAX/MSP Programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC).

He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria).  Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LA), McNay Art Museum (TX), and The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT). In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and in 2011 Greater New York at MoMAPS1 (NYC). His many honors and awards for his work include the 2017/2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2017 Rush Arts Gold Rush Award, the 2014 Headlands Center for the Arts Visiting Artist Residency, a 2011 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2010 Urban Artist Initiative Individual Artist Grant, and a 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant.

Westport Town Hall
Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Rewriting the Code of Life with CRISPR

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents Dr. Samuel H. Sternberg, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, in a discussion of the gene editing technology, CRISPR. Register online.

Scientists have long sought to unravel the hidden laws of nature and harness their knowledge to manipulate life. The 20th century witnessed the birth of molecular genetics—the field of biology focused on DNA and its role in heredity, genetic variation, and disease—and culminated in completion of the Human Genome Project, which decoded all 3 billion letters of the human genome. But until recently, the ability to go one step beyond reading DNA and rewrite DNA, directly in living organisms, remained elusive. Now, with a revolutionary technology called CRISPR that was discovered in a most unexpected way, we have entered a new era of precision genetic manipulation, in which diseases and cancers could be erased in patients, but so too could heritable genetic changes be engineered in human embryos. What will we choose to do with this awesome power?

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD, runs a research laboratory at Columbia University, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 2007, graduating summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He earned graduate student fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, and was awarded the Scaringe Award from the RNA Society and the Harold Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Sam's doctoral research in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Dr. Jennifer Doudna focused on the mechanism of DNA targeting by RNA-guided bacterial immune systems (CRISPR-Cas) and on the development of these systems for genome engineering applications. His work has been published in the journals Nature, Science, and Cell, and been covered in The New York Times, Science News, The Scientist, and various other news outlets.

Sam is an invited speaker internationally and remains actively involved in public discussions on the ethical issues surrounding genome editing. Together with Jennifer Doudna, Sam co-authored a popular science trade book about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR gene editing technology, which was published in June, 2017. Titled A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, their book received enthusiastic reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and many other outlets.

Westport Town Hall
Maker Movement
Maker, Science