The Science and Technology Maker Space at Mill Park was the first Yarra Plenty Regional Library Maker Space. It is home to a variety of new and innovative technologies, including Raspberry Pi computers, Arduino microprocessors, 3D printers and Makey-Makeys.
The Library encourages ‘tinkering’ and experimentation with these resources, offering a variety of learning programs to support and promote the use of technology in personal projects and entrepreneurial endeavours.
Resources are available for use in branch (with plans to provide some take-home resources in the future) while some are restricted for use in library programs.
- (x1) Makerbot Replicator 2 – Desktop 3D printer available for use under supervision from library staff.
- (x10) Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kits – Includes breadboard, various wires, buttons and resistors for basic circuit building. Using Pixel OS. Also available: 6x 2 Pi Cameras and 6x SenseHAT.
- (x10) Makey-Makey Invention Kits
- (x4) Arduino Leonardo Starter Kits that includes a breadboard, wires, buttons, resistors and various components for building basic prototypes.
- (x2) Rolling Spider & Jumping Sumo Parrot Drones
- Various Littlebits components (embed video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMYqtCUN5X4)
- (x1) LEGO Mindstorms Ev3 – Build and program LEGO robots. Programmer app compatible with most smartphones.
- (x15) PC stations – Keyboard, mouse and monitor for use with Raspberry Pi, kindly donated by Latrobe University.
How can you access this Maker Space?
The Maker Space hosts regular learning programs and classes as well as special events that are open to anyone. Some require bookings.
Makers Club is a program for children and young adults to learn essential computer science skills in a hands-on learning environment. Participants work together on small projects while learning about new technologies, computer programming, electronics and robots.
(Link to: the enrolment and information for parents form here)
Tinker Tuesday special events are hosted throughout the year, providing an opportunity for families to come and tinker with the Maker Space resources and work together on a small project.
Level Up is an intermediate level course for Code Club graduates or experiences coders looking to ‘level up’ their games development skills. Using Scratch, participants will work on an individual project with support from a library staff member.
Other programs include 3D Printing and Design workshops, Computer Programming and Makey-Makey Challenges, Stop Motion, Minecraft Bootcamps which are hosted in the Maker Space throughout the year.