For the past year, the Pioneer Library System has introduced communities throughout its three-county area to new technology and ideas through its Maker Mobile.
This summer the Maker Mobile again will be hitting the roads of Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties for a series of events highlighting its offerings and also challenging local families to show off their skills in a project.
The Maker Mobile Tween/Teen and Adult Team Project will be offered at each of the 11 hometown libraries in the library system during June and July as part of this year's Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World."
Teams featuring one adult and one tween or teen (ages 8 to 17) will work in pairs to create a charging station that can be used for multiple devices. The hands-on project will include elements of computer design, machine cutting, and construction.
Each team will get to take their completed project home at the end of the event.
The Maker Mobile is a rolling maker space, featuring many science and technology education items, including a three-dimensional printer and scanner, CNC milling machine, laser cutter and laptops, as well as Wi-Fi access and an informational touchscreen television that will allow customers to learn about the library’s downloadable collection through OverDrive and many other online features.
The event is limited to 12 teams of two apiece, so registration in advance is required to participate.
Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.