Hands-on Making in a Virtual World
The hands-on learning and social connections you loved in our maker programs weren't cancelled by the pandemic. Every other week, the Library hosts a virtual meetup for 9- to 12-year-olds to explore the fun side of technology and make new social connections. Tween Virtual Makers is an online space for older kids to hone their creativity together.
Transitioning maker programs to a virtual setting means getting creative to keep the hands-on component alive. Live 3D printer and Cricut cams allow participants to watch their designs print. Going virtual is an opportunity to dig into maker software as a focus, including graphic design, 3D model design, and video game building. For sessions that produce a physical product, participants are able to pick up their creations at the Library a few days after the session. Some recent creations include 3D character models and vinyl sticker sheets.
Tween Virtual Makers is about more than just tech skills. Kids are comfortable navigating virtual meetups at this point, so they are able to focus on building friendships, helping each other learn, and creating as a team. The program is a space to connect outside of home and school when there aren't places to hang out safely in person.