Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going to Coopersville's Library and demonstrating how a 3D printer works. The attentive audience included the children who had come to the library's Brick World Club. The students come to the library every Thursday to work with a large collection of Lego bricks. As I set up for my demonstration I was able to see some of the amazingly creative things the kids were making. Each creation was unique and showed the ingenuity of that child.
The Brick World Club is just one of the many programs that Coopersville Area District Library (CADL) puts on for our kids. They have story time, LittleBits electronics, Science Saturdays and many more activities. These programs show the library's commitment to creating an environment of exploration and learning for area families. I was there to give an example of the libraries plans to keep providing these opportunities in the future.
The library is hoping to get voters to approve an expansion plan that will greatly increase their ability to support the Coopersville community. Just one of the many pieces of that plan includes creating a MakerSpace at the library. Makerspaces are spaces which contain tools which allow visitor to create unique objects. Those objects are only limited by the creativity of the person.
One of the resources that the CADL is hoping to put in their Makerspace is a 3D printer. These machines allow users to design objects in a computer and them print them in plastic. 3D printers heat up plastic filament and then use a computer to deposit the melted plastic in this lays that make the object. You can see from the picture above that the kids were very interested in this new technology. As I listened to them talk I could tell that they already had many ideas about how they would use the printer. The video below shows the printer finishing a ring like the one I printed for the demonstration.