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Ready, Set, Make with Free MakerFest Activities

Entertainment and activities | May 6, 2021

On May 14 and 15, Mississauga Library and Brampton Library are jointly hosting their first online MakerFest, which builds upon their respective maker programs. These maker programs strive to help residents develop their science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) skills. This year, MakerFest brings a variety of online, interactive activities to youth and adults with a passion for STEAM. The collaborative approach allows more residents to access the activities, experts and opportunities to connect with the broader STEAM and maker community.

No prior experience is needed to participate in MakerFest activities. They explore a variety of topics, including robotics, fabrication, mobile app development, traditional Indigenous technologies, astronomy and more. The activities will connect participants to experts in the STEAM field and others in the STEAM and maker community, as well as provide opportunities to engage, ask questions and experience live demonstrations.

All online MakerFest activities are free with registration. Participants do not need a library card from Mississauga Library or Brampton Library to register.

What:
Free, online maker and STEAM activities, presented by Mississauga Library and Brampton Library.

Who:

  • Teens ages 13 and up
  • Young adults and students
  • Anyone interested in an introduction to maker and STEAM programs
  • Anyone with experience or a passion for science, technology, engineering, art and math

Registration:
Participants can register online for the day(s) they want to attend and will be sent meeting links to access the specific online event(s) they are interested in joining. Participants interested in joining events on the Friday and Saturday should register for both days.

MakerFest Programs and Dates

Teen Robotics: 3D Design with TinkerCAD May 14
4 to 5 p.m.
Learn the basics of 3D design with TinkerCAD, the free, web-based, easy-to-use software used by teachers, kids, hobbyists and designers. (Ages 13 to 19)
Fabrication with Shop3D May 14
5 to 6 p.m.
Learn about 3D printing, laser cutting and vacuum forming with experts from Shop3D.  (Ages 13 and up)
Get Started with MIT App Inventor May 14
6 to 7 p.m.
Introduction to MIT App Inventor, a beginner-friendly, visual programming application for creating mobile apps for Android devices. (Ages 13 and up)

Traditional Indigenous Technologies

 

May 15
1 to 2 p.m.

Learn how ancient Indigenous peoples adapted technologies from nature and used these concepts day to day. (Ages 13 and up)

Presented by Traditional Indigenous Elder Cat Criger.

Exploring the Night Sky

 

 

 

May 15
2 to 3 p.m.

Introduction to amateur astronomy. Get tips on how to get started observing the night sky and take astrophotos with digital cameras and cell phones. (Ages 13 and up)

Presented by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Mississauga Centre.

Virtual Fixit Clinic

 

 

May 15
2 to 4 p.m.

Join local fixers and coaches from around the globe for guidance on how to repair your broken items at home. (Ages 13 and up)

Presented by Fixit Clinic.

Sign up for help fixing your item or register to observe or help others fix their items.

Maker Trivia Challenge May 15
3 to 4 p.m.
Want to test your maker & STEAM knowledge in a fun trivia challenge? Come by yourself or bring friends! (Ages 13 and up)

Visit mississaugalibrary.ca/makerfest to learn more about the event and register for the online activities.

Children ages six to 12 can also join in the fun, with Take & Make for Tweens. Starting May 10, the Da Vinci Bridge Take & Make craft kits are available at Mississauga and Brampton library locations on a first come, first served basis. In Mississauga, residents can pick up a kit by making a contactless pickup appointment. The craft kits are filled with all the supplies needed and instructions can be found on the Mississauga Library YouTube channel.

The Mississauga Library offers a variety of free, online programs through Maker Mississauga to help residents of all ages develop their STEAM skills. Through Active Mississauga, the library offers Teen Robotics, Knit & Crochet Circle and more.

As part of the Mississauga Library’s contactless pickup service, 3D printing is also available at Malton Library and Sheridan Library. To learn more about this service, visit mississaugalibrary.ca/maker.

To see all of the programs, activities and events the Mississauga Library offers, visit mississaugalibrary.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Megan Schabla
Communications Co-ordinator
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 8537
megan.schabla@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151

June Dickenson
Marketing & Communications Manager
Brampton Library
416-605-9749
jdickenson@bramptonlibrary.ca