Tech Studio MakerSpace

 

Open to all ages and abilities:

Wednesdays & Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm

(Please call 970-479-2187 to schedule an appointment, request assistance with a specific program or service, or reserve time on the 3D printer or Oculus Rift)

 

Join us in Tech Studio, Vail Public Library’s very own MakerSpace!  Located on the lower level of the library (across from the elevator), our Tech Studio is a true creation station for all ages, abilities, and interests.  Explore, create, collaborate, and invent in a safe and supportive environment!


Current Programs

Robotics Club (led by Cricket Pylman cplyman@vailgov.com and Sandy Rivera srivera@vailgov.com)

Vail Public Library offers not one, but TWO Robotics classes each season.  In Robotics I, we build, program, and complete challenges using Lego Mindstorm EV3s.  In Robotics II we build on existing knowledge to create more elaborate codes and really bring our EV3s to life!

Check out some of the amazing things you can do with Lego Mindstorm EV3: https://wwwsecure.us.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/videos and start coding at home using this free Lego Mindstorm program and app: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/learn-to-program

Space is always limited and we do ask participants to make a commitment to attending each week since the weeks build on each other.  Please RSVP to Cricket Pylman or contact her with any questions you may have about Robotics Club!

 

Need a little One-on-One Tech Support?  Not sure how to access that new program?  Wondering what else you can do with your device?

Book an appointment to get one-on-one tech help with a qualified library volunteer!  Please visit the Service Desk or call 970-479-2187 for assistance.

 

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Setting up an email account
  • Overdrive ebook and audiobook downloads
  • Microsoft Office
  • Setting up a new device
  • Internet Browsers
  • Google Docs/Google Drive
  • Amazon Fire
  • Chromebook

PLEASE NOTE- We do not troubleshoot or fix broken devices, and we will not replace parts on your device.

 


Available Technology and Tools

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System

If you’re anxiously waiting for the premiere of Ready Player One (or you’ve read the book by Ernest Cline), then you already know what to expect when you put on the Oculus Rift headset. And if this is the first time you’ve heard about VR…well, you’re in for an adventure!

Imagine swimming with sharks, walking through an art galleryon the other side of the globe, or stepping off that globe altogether to examine the stars.  Imagine flying above distant cities like Superman, or meeting a dinosaur moments before the meteor strikes, or actually sitting at the table while the characters of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast sing and dance around you.  All of this, and more, is waiting for you inside the Rift.

Because the immersive experience of the Rift can be disorienting, use of the system is limited to individuals ages 13 and up, and a training session is required prior to accessing free-play.  Please contact the Tech Studio (970-479-2187) to schedule your training session or to reserve time on the Oculus Rift.  (A complete list of policies and procedures can be found at http://vaillibrary.com/oculus-rift/)

 

3D Printing with Lulzbot minis

Vail Public Library Tech Studio is proud to offer our patrons the use of two Lulzbot Mini 3D printers.  Made in Loveland Colorado, the lulzbot mini is a favorite of 3D Hubs, Make: Magazine, and almost every patron who gives them a try!  In fact, as an advocate for open sourcing, the company behind these printers has made all of the software source-code, plans, and material lists for these printers available online, for free.  So if you enjoy tinkering, this is the printer for you!

 

For those who’d like to know the specifications:

Build Volume: 6 x 6 x 6.2 in

Filament Diameter: 3 mm

Print Materials: As an Actively Green Library, we provide a sturdy and environmentally friendly biodegradable filament that melts at 200-215 C.

Slicing Software: Cura or Slic3r

 

And for those who just want to play… you can select something from the Thingiverse collection of “ready to print” objects or build your own STL file using a fun and friendly (free) program like TinkerCad, BlocksCAD, or SketchUp.  We encourage original designs and would love to help you create something wonderful!

During Tech Studio hours we do limit print job length to 30 minutes or less and these small prints are done for free.  For longer prints, please call to discuss hours and costs as we do charge 5 cents/gram for the filament used in larger prints.

 

 

 

Sphero


Created in the Denver area, Sphero is an app-controlled ball that does it all.

Controlled by a smartphone or tablet, Sphero can change colors, complete challenges, learn tricks, dance, and more.  There are no rules, and no instructions… Sphero teaches coding and robotics through play and creative engagement with the user.  At the moment we offer both a traditional Sphero and a BB8 Star Wars themed Sphero for free play in the Tech Studio.

 

 

Photoshop and Premiere for visual editing

Adobe Photoshop is a classic and hard working raster graphics editor and Adobe Premiere Pro is a solid timeline-based video editing app.  Both are available to everyone who visits Tech Studio!  Bring your own photos or videos on a flash drives, or use our floor to ceiling green screen as a backdrop for your own “chroma key” compositing magic.

If you’re not familiar with compositing, it’s the use of digital manipulation to layer images and video… if you’d like to fly on a broomstick over Hogwarts, send a selfie from the Millennium Falcon, add the TARDIS to your backyard, or produce your own weather program, you need to use compositing.  Stop by Tech Studio or make an appointment and we’d be happy to teach you how!

 

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