BLDG 61, Boulder Public Library’s Makerspace, is expanding learning and making opportunities for youth and entrepreneurs in Boulder with new programs focusing on citizen science, data literacy and building small businesses.

“We plan to expand real-world based programming with ties to data literacy by 15% to equip community members with a better understanding of our environment,” said Janet Hollingsworth, creative technologist for BLDG: 61. “One way that BLDG 61 is planning to do this is through the Space Camp and Public Edge-of-Space programs.”

The teen Space Camp runs June 17 to 22. The program will collectively build a high-altitude weather balloon package that will travel to the edge-of-space and collect data about our environment. Students will learn how to launch, track and retrieve data using maker technologies. These student-built kits will then be used for subsequent public launches. 

The first launch, which is open to the public, will be July 6 (weather dependent). The time and location is still to be determined and will be available on the BLDG 61 calendar. The launch may result in a 150-mile range retrieval, depending on conditions.

BLDG 61 is also collaborating with the Small Business Development Center to empower entrepreneurs taking classes to be able to design, prototype and manufacture their physical products. This program will engage at least 12 maker entrepreneurs over the next year through a joint accelerator program. To apply for the program visit: https://boulderlibrary.formstack.com/forms/makersedge

BLDG 61’s expanded events and outreach aim to increase data literacy programming to at least 5,000 people in the Boulder community; engage over 1,000 students and teachers in citizen sciences; and assist at least 12 maker entrepreneurs to launch and establish businesses.

BLDG 61 is a free community workshop for all ages that provides maker education and technology to the public in a creative and inclusive environment at Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. The makerspace offers a variety of workshops, classes, training sessions and drop-in hours (all drop-in participants must attend initial training). The makerspace features an excellent creative workspace and tools, including 3D printers, a full wood shop, vacuum press, CNC machine, vinyl cutter, sewing machines, sergers, embroidery machine, looms, spinning wheels, electronics bench, soldering irons, airbrush and more.

For more information and to sign up for training and classes, visit boulderlibrary.org/bldg61 or contact BLDG 61 at boulderlibrary.formstack.com/forms/bldg61_contact

Published: June 19, 2019
 

Media Contacts:
Media Relations, Annie Zaruba, 303-441-4092
Creative Technologist, Janet Hollingsworth, 720-899-7011



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