Ocean County Library Participates In NJ Makers Day
TOMS RIVER, NJ–Have you ever wondered how a radio works? Or how robots are able to walk?
Several Ocean County Library branches will answer these and other questions as they participate in NJ Makers Day on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
NJ Makers Day is a statewide single-day event that celebrates, promotes, and in many introduces maker culture and maker spaces, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based learning.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment in occupations related to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs.”
The following Ocean County Library branches are participating:
Island Heights (121 Central Avenue), 11 am – 1 pm
Jackson (2 Jackson Drive), 10 am – 3 pm
Toms River (101 Washington Street), 10 am – 3 pm
Tuckerton (380 Bay Avenue), 10 am – 12 pm
Ocean County Library is among 100 other libraries, community groups and organizations across New Jersey participating in NJ Makers Day.
The events are designed for participants of all ages and skill levels. Topics covered will include robotics, craft projects and Google Hangouts. Events and presenters vary by branch.
NJ Makers Day aims to enhance community engagement and facilitate connections among residents by exploring new and interesting opportunities for community-wide education, entrepreneurship and hands-on learning experiences.
Maker spaces 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.
Popular equipment in these spaces include 3D printers, single board microcontrollers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, robotics, digital media production, computer programming, textile and handicrafts and more.
More information about Ocean County Library’s events can be found online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by contacting Emily Mazzoni at 732-349-6200, extension 5203. Information about the state wide program can be found online at www.njmakersday.org.