Celebrating New Jersey Makers Day: Activities Abound Tomorrow at Belmar Community Makerspace


BELMAR, NJ — A full array of activities are on the Belmar Community Makerspace’s schedule tomorrow, as it joins hundreds of locations across the state participating in the fifth annual New Jersey Makers Day.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.on March 23, visitors will be able to explore this innovative hub specially designed for creators, builders, innovators and artists at every age and skills level — located in the Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.

“The Belmar Public Library Community MakerSpace is proud to be a participating site for New Jersey Makers Day,” said library assistant Luis Pulido, who manages the facility, which opened last October.

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“Community members of all ages are invited to join us for an exciting day filled with activities focusing on maker culture,” he said. “Come ready to take part in fun hands-on activities learning how to make things using different skills and tools,” he added.

Attendees will have the opportunity to “make” items using various equipment, including 3D printers, a video and photography studio, a basic and electronics workshop, computers for coding and programming, and sewing machines.

“We are excited to be able to bring this type of programming to the Belmar community,” Pulido said, who will be assisted by his team of skilled, volunteer makers. “We are committed to finding ways to help people to learn new skills and to work collaboratively on exciting projects.”

Here’s the complete schedule of New Jersey Makers Day activities at the Belmar Community Makerspace:

First-Floor Community Meeting Space

  • Introduction to Making – 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Sweet! Cupcake Decorating – 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Sewing Station: Make fun things quick and easy – 11 a.m. to noon
  • Duct Tape Dynasty – 11 a.m. to noon
  • CD Race Cars – Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Sewing Station – Noon to 1 p.m.
  • How to Change the World with Legos – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sewing Station – 1 to 3 p.m.

Also on display on the first floor will be: 

  • 2B2, the Belmar Community Makerspace robot, to show the possibilities of coding, wood construction and 3D printing.
  • A display near the Sewing Station of a T-shirt quilt made in the MakerSpace by Shelly Kruk, a quilting class participant.

Second-Floor MakerSpace Room:

  • Introduction to the Belmar Community MakerSpace – 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Audio Masters: Learn to record vocals and music on a computer – 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Adventures in 3D Printing: See how computer programs create 3D items that can be printed in plastic – 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Green Screen Dreams: Have fun with green screens, shooting pictures and working with backgrounds – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Adventures in 3D Printing – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Costume Design – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Comic Book Creations: Learn how to turn a story into a comic book– 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will also learn about several upcoming projects to be spearheaded by the Belmar Community Makerspace, including the creation of a Belmar community quilt and a Main Street 3D model project that will feature the depiction of the downtown district as it was 100 and 50 years ago — an initiative being undertaken in collaboration with the Belmar Historical Society.

Last year, more than 300 locations throughout the state participated in New Jersey Makers Day, providing unique, hands-on making and learning activities that attracted some 100,000 residents statewide.

Belmar Community Makerspace: Where Outlets for Creativity are Endless

The Belmar Community Makerspace is designed for people to both learn and refine their skills, whether they take a workshop or class, or visit during open hours to work in their own personal projects.

In addition to its “maker” equipment, the facility features a large flat-screen television for workshop instruction and presentations, as well as free Wi-Fi and Internet access.

Open hours are available from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For workshops and classes, no experience is necessary, and there are no prerequisites.

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The Makerspace is open to Belmar residents and nonresidents alike. While Belmar Public Library cards are not necessary to take classes and workshops, they are required of those looking to work independently on personal projects in the Makerspace. Library cards are available at the Makerspace or main library at 517 Tenth Avenue, for a one-time fee of $25.

To register for a workshop or class, click here. For a rundown of upcoming workshops and classes, visit the Belmar Public Library website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732 681-0775 or email Pulido at lpulido@belmar.com.

THE MAKINGS OF THE MAKERS MOVEMENT

By Luis Pulido of the Belmar Public Library

The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies.

New Jersey Makers Day is designed to be a statewide event that celebrates, promotes and in many cases may introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Participating locations included schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and other educational organizations.

Makerspaces across the state are having a significant impact on education and job skills development by providing access to people, information, resources, and tools that facilitate making to a wide variety of skill levels.

New Jersey Makers Day allows communities to share hands-on programming opportunities, demonstrations and displays, and the expertise of the individuals and organizations that make, create and develop right in their own backyards.

Find out more about New Jersey Makers Day at www.njmakersday.org.

 

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