We are honored to be a hub site for the historic first ever NJ Makers Day celebration, taking place across the entire state!
Note that other planned makers day events are taking place at the county libraries as well.
WHEN: Saturday, March 21 from 10 am to 4 pm
WHERE Mediatech, 118 Main Street, 2nd Floor of the Flemington Free Public Library. Mediatech is handicapped accessible — use the FFPL library elevator.
AGENDA: Ideal for families with future inventors, Makers day will include hands on demonstrations, Maker stations and plenty of chances to explore.
MAKER STAGE (Community room)
10:00 11:00 Stop Motion Moviemaking. An introduction to iStopMotion (bring your tablet with your favorite Stop Motion app). By Mediatech Staff.
12:00 How to Refurbish a Steam Engine with hobbiest Keith Muldowney (Demonstration and question and answers)
1:00 Coding for Kids:?An introduction to Scratch (bring a laptop). By Mediatech Staff.
2:00 Open Mic — sign up to do a demo. Note — other sessions may be added.
OPEN STATIONS (Stations are first come, first served)
Please supervise your child! There are hot parts and sharp tools.
Breaker Day — Dissect old electronics to see how they work. Please bring basic tools (screw driver, adjustable wrench, pliers and safety goggles). If you can bring an interesting gadget (non toxic materials only, please). Parts will be sorted and recycled. Mediatech, for ages 4-up. Contact warren at mediatech dot org if you have something interesting to dissect.
Operation Minecraft Flemington Using LEGOs, we will see if we can make a copy of downtown Flemington. Mediatech, for all ages.
How to Refurbish a Steam Engine (demonstration with some hands on, with close supervision) Keith Muldowney has rebuilt several steam engines. He will bring in one of his latest works to share. Move your child beyond Thomas the Tank, and found out how real steam engines work. Community Room, for all ages.
DiY Lightbulb – We’re just 30 miles from where Edison made the first lightbulb. Can you repeat history with the supplies provided? Note that lightbulb materials must be left behind for the next inventor, although it is easy to find the supplies you’ll need to make your own working lightbulb at home. We’ll show you how. Community Room for ages 7-up
Ye-ole Balancing Toy Challenge — Your challenge — To make a balancing toy using wire, clothes pins, corks and toothpicks. Note materials must be left behind. Community Room, 6-up
Spirt of St. Louis Flight Simulator. Not that long ago, a pilot named Charles Lindbergh drove down Main Street Flemington to attend the “trial of the century.” We’ve all heard about the trial but what about the event that made him so famous — the 33 hour flight? Try to take off and land Charles Lindbergh’s famous plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, using a very accurate flight simulator. This is the same simulator that we use to repeat the flight in real time every summer. In Mediatech 8-up
Egg Drop (no yoke). Can you make a structure that can protect a raw egg from a 30 foot drop down the Mediatech staircase??( And if you can’t, can you help clean up the mess?) Mediatech, for ages 8-up
Make an Electric Motor, LED light, or an Air Racer. Using donated supplies from Pitsco Education, Tinker Crate and Soldering Sunday, see if you can make a working motor, light or . Note:?Small parts, and some soldering required. Children must leave projects behind for the next child. Mediatech, 10-up
The Magic Glove (demonstration) Flemington residents Julian LeBrun and Jason Karpinski will demonstrate an early prototype haptic feedback glove that uses LEAP technology, that will let you “feel” in game objects. Community Room, All ages
Google Cardboard Demo. Download a free app and use your smart phone (iOS?or Android) to put your head inside a virtual world. We have four sets. A smartphone is required. Go to Google Play or iTunes and download one of the free “Google Cardbard”?apps. Mediatech front desk. All ages
Osobots. Program small rolling robots by drawing colored lines. (until 3 PM) Mediatech 8-up LittleBits. Snap together magnetic circuits, to activate motors, lights or sensors. Mediatech 7-up.
3D Printer Demonstration. Watch a 3D printer in operation, and learn how one works. For all ages (note — hot parts, and not all children will be able to take something home due to the slow printing speed).
DOWNSTAIRS IN THE LIBRARY
Clothespin fish. Make and take a fish using supplied materials. Led by Debbie Moore, FFPL Children’s Librarian. Downstairs in the children’s area. Ages 3-5
Bird Marionettes. Make and take your own bird using supplied materials. Led by Debbie Moore, FFPL Children’s Librarian (until 3 PM) Downstairs in the children’s area. 7-up.
All activities are free and public. Note that participants may be photographed or video taped. Video game stations will be off limits during Maker Day.
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DOWNLOAD AND PRINT AS A PDF Makerdays AGENDA Maker Stations
Not in Hunterdon County? Visit www.njmakersday.org for more information.