Rockwood Library’s makerspace for teens grand opening: Saturday April 2, 11 am

What: Grand Opening for STEAM-focused addition to Rockwood Library

Who: United States Senator Ron Wyden, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke, project partners, library patrons, community members.

When: 11 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016

Where: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 29, 2016 — On Saturday, April 2, Multnomah County Library will host a grand opening ceremony for its newest offering, a “makerspace” at Rockwood Library.

Brief remarks by elected officials will be followed by a ribbon cutting and an open-house style tour of the facility, featuring a showcase of related projects from area teenagers, entertainment and refreshments.

The Rockwood Library Makerspace is a cooperative learning environment where youth in the Rockwood community, particularly teen girls, can cultivate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) skills through hands-on learning experiences with the help of adult mentors. (See images here, here and here.)

In this space, young people now have access to creative technology — such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, computer coding, video editing and music production tools and more — to help discover interests and build skills that can lead to educational and career success.

The new, nearly 1,100-square-foot addition is funded by a grant from the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, private donations to The Library Foundation and by Multnomah County Library.