Rockwood Makerspace

2021 UPDATE

The Rockwood Makerspace is temporarily closed to the public. 

Makerspace minikits available at all libraries starting Dec 11

Makerspace minikits are STEAM-based activities in a bag, free to pick up at any Multnomah County library. All materials are included. 

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The minikits are developed for teens, but with adult guidance, they are also accessible for younger kids. 

The minikits are designed with a leveled learning approach: The skills and knowledge practiced in early kits reinforce and support the learning activities in later kits. But they are accessible even if you start in the middle of a series. 

Engineering (available beginning December 11, 2021)

Explores problem solving, structural engineering and kinetic energy. 

  • Experiment with stored, potential and ballistic energy. 
  • Experiment with air lift and drag.
  • Change the launch angle to control flight.
  • Build a weight-supporting bridge.

Series:

  • Pom pom catapult
  • Rubber band helicopter
  • Finger rocket
  • Bridge building

Circuits (available beginning February 19, 2022)

Explores beginning circuits and the flow of energy.

  • Move electricity from a battery to an LED using conductive materials.
  • Make a complete circuit.
  • Learn about parallel circuits. 
  • Experiment with making an on/off switch. 

Series:

  • Paper circuit card
  • Light-up bugs
  • Bristlebot
  • Crappy robots

Fiber arts (available beginning March 19, 2022)

Explores the art and science of fabric. The sewing machine was the spark of the industrial revolution. Hand sewing and weaving may spark your imagination. 

  • Learn math skills by measuring and sequencing patterns
  • Problem solve. 
  • Develop concentration.
  • Build creativity. 

Series:

  • No-sew pillows
  • Felt bookmarks
  • Sock puppets
  • Weaving

Soft circuits (available beginning May 28, 2022)

Soft circuits combine sewing and circuits into enlightening activities. These minikits use lessons learned in the circuit series and the fiber arts series. 

  • Experiment with circuit building and conductive thread.
  • Identify the difference between a parallel circuit and a simple circuit.
  • Move electricity to a light using conductive thread.
  • Use polarity successfully.
  • Make something cute that lights up. 

Series:

  • Texting gloves
  • E-sewing
  • Light-up wristband
  • Light-up monsters

Renewable energy (available beginning June 4, 2022)

Explores activities using renewable energy.

  • Use wind power to turn on a light. 
  • Experiment with chimney effect.
  • Can a lemon provide enough electricity to light up an LED?
  • Experiment with electromagnetic energy.

Series:

  • Light wind
  • Solar updraft tower
  • Lemon power
  • Electromagnetic energy

 
Video instructions:

To contact the Rockwood Makerspace, please call 503.988.0462 or email rocmakerspace@multco.us.  

For other library questions, contact us. We can help!


A space for teens to learn and create at Rockwood Library

The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Rockwood Library Makerspace

Rockwood Library makerspace is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation and a grant from the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission through funds provided by cable companies

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