All ages are invited to sign up to attend the Saginaw Library’s Teen Art Club on Saturday, March 23rd from 11:00AM to 1:00PM for a special 3D printer presentation that will be held inside of the Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 W. McLeroy Blvd.
The Library recently acquired a Solidoodle Generation2 3D printer as a part of the Best Buy Community Grants Program that will be added to the new Teen Tech Hot Spot Program. The goals of the Teen Tech Hot Spot Program are to help middle school and high school aged students excel in school and develop 21st century skills. The Library’s objectives with the program are to provide the youth with ongoing opportunities to learn about, experiment with, play with, collaborate with each other, and gain interests in new technologies after school at the Library.
Non-profit organizations and businesses who use 3D Printers are invited to give short presentations. Presenters include: Solidoodle Company (LIVE from New York via Skype), PartSnap, and DallasMakerSpace.org. The purpose of the presentation is to educate middle and high school aged students and the community about: 3D printers, the companies and organizations that currently use 3D printers; the education or experience needed to be able to use a 3D printer effectively; and the future possibilities 3D printers will bring for society (personally, commercially, medically, etc.).
The Library will also give a short presentation about the free open source software, Blender.org, that will allow teens to design their own 3D objects at home or in the Library. In addition, the Library will show teens the website www.thingverse.com that has a variety of pre-designed 3D objects. Teens are encouraged to start designing objects. Once they have completed their design and it is smaller than 6"x6" and saved as a .stl file, they can submit their name for a drawing at the Library. Ten teen names will then be drawn and their 3D designs will be printed starting that Saturday March 23rd and later displayed in the Teen area of the Library.
Be sure to RSVP for this program by calling or visiting the Library.
Please contact the Library if you would like to volunteer or for more information call 817.230.0300 ext. 4. Remember, the program will be held at the Saginaw Recreation Center in order to accommodate everyone who would like to attend.