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"I Speak 3-D Design Tech For Youth at La Salle Public Library

La Salle Public Library
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Thanks to a generous grant from Project Next Generation, an opportunity offered by the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse Wight, the La Salle Public Library will be offering technology programs especially for youth ages 11 through 14.  This year's grant includes hands-on opportunities in 3-D Design and Printing and engineering challenges using simple and compound machines in "Rube Goldberg" style.   Also, this year, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about drone technology and virtual realty/360 immersion experiences.   

Beginning in April, the La Salle Public Library will offer youth, an opportunity to design and print using TinkerCad software and 3-D MakerBot printers.  This five-week program, especially designed to accommodate the varying schedules of participants offers flexible lesson times and easy access to mentor assistance.   

The first workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, April 16th at 2:00 p.m. requires the attendance of all participants.  Participants will learn about the exciting and diverse world of 3-D printing through short films and hands-on learning.   Lesson requirements, mentor assistance and mechanics of saving and accessing files will be discussed, along with hands-on work in the first lesson of the program; this lesson will acquaint participants with TinkerCad commands and possibilities.   

Lessons 2,3, and 4 can be completed independently at the participants own pace and time, as long as the weekly lessons are completed.  Participants may use their own devices and/or Internet, or are welcome to work at the Library.   Each week participants will be required to submit their completed 3-D assignment; the Library will print the object from the participant's submitted design.   Objects will be returned to participants in the following week.  Lessons, 2, 3 and 4 will be scheduled for the weeks of April 23rd, April 30th and May 7th.   3-D lesson prints include castles, houses, pizzas and soda bottle rockets.  

At the final workshop, scheduled for May 18th at 10:00 a.m. participants will receive their final 3-D print and a Certificate of Completion.   This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required no later than Saturday, April 13th.  To register, please contact Cristy Stupegia, via email at or by calling 815-223-2341 or register online through the Library website.   Project Next Generation grants are funded by Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.