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Get creative and discover new technologies with free online activities. 

We are pleased to present MakerFest together with Caledon Public Library and Mississauga Library! Join us on May 13 and 14, 2022 to participate in a variety of virtual Maker and STEAM activities and learn from amazing guest presenters.


Create Paper Automata

Recommended for ages 8 and up. 

Presented by Mississauga Library.

Watch the YouTube video here

 

Friday, May 13


3D Design with TinkerCAD (4 – 5 p.m.)

Learn the basics of 3D design with TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is a free, web-based, easy-to-use software used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers. 

Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Presented by Mississauga Library. 

Register here

Fabrication with Shop3D (5 – 6 p.m.)

Learn about 3D printing, laser cutting, and vacuum forming with experts from Shop3D. 

All ages. 

Presented by Shop3D

Register here.

DIY Assistive Technology with Makers Making Change (6 – 7 p.m.)

Makers Making Change is a community of volunteers who collaborate to provide disruptively low-cost alternatives to commercially available assistive technologies. With over 150 devices now available in their open source library, from simple mobility aids to assistive switches and switch-adapted toys, there are many options to choose from. In this session, you’ll learn about the Makers Making Change program, how the community collaborates to enable people with disabilities, and how to get involved.

Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Presented by Justin Pezzin, Program Manager, Makers Making Change. 

Register here

Maker-Entrepreneur Spotlight (7 – 8 p.m.)

Meet seven (7) local maker entrepreneurs who’ve turned their maker skills into thriving businesses. Panelists will speak on their challenges and successes and offer advice to other makers considering making the leap into entrepreneurship.

Panelists: 

 Register here.

Saturday, May 14


Let's Talk Plants (10 – 11 a.m.)

Learn about types of leaves, capillary action and plant growth. Participants will identify leaves and complete a capillary action experiment, and learn how to grow their own plant!

For ages 6 – 12.

Presented by Let's Talk Science UTM

Register here

Satellite Design Challenge (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

The challenge: You have recently been hired by the space agency as Chief Technologist. Your goal is to design and build a nano satellite to address a scientific need (you decide what the scientific goal is!) Download and print the challenge brief and satellite template prior to the workshop. Gather together some household items such as LEGO, building blocks, and recycled materials to build your prototype according to your design decisions.

For ages 6 – 12.

Presented by Indus Space

Register here

Podcasting Session with Nav Nanwa (1 – 2 p.m.)

Please join us for a discussion with CBC’s Nav Nanwa to discover how community podcasting can create local and sometimes national connections. As the former host of the local New Theory Radio podcast, Nav will tell his experience getting started in the podcasting world, share challenges and successes, and reveal how to create a podcast with limited resources.

Presented by Nav Nanwa

Register here.

Pixel Art with the Raspberry Pi SenseHAT (1 – 2:30 p.m.)

Learn how to create pixel art with python code and a virtual Raspberry Pi SenseHAT. Code along with us in your web browser from a laptop or desktop computer at Trinket.io. 

Recommended for ages 10 and up. 

A desktop or laptop computer is required.

Presented by Caledon Public Library.

Register here.

Virtual Fix It Clinic (2 – 3 p.m.)

Have a household item that's broken? Don't toss it, fix it! In partnership with Fixit Clinic, join our local fixers and coaches from around the globe online for guidance on how to repair your broken items at home. Please note that you must arrive at the beginning of the event in order to showcase your item and be assigned a breakout room.

All ages are welcome to observe. 

Presented by Brampton Library and Fix It Clinic.

Want help fixing your item? Register here

Want to help others fix their items, or just observe? Register here.

Cricut Basics: Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl and HTV  (3 – 4 p.m.)

Crystal Allen, author of The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts: The Ultimate Guide To Your Electric Cutting Machine and The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts: Creating Personalized Gifts With Your Electronic Cutting Machine, will teach you everything you need to know about adhesive vinyl and HTV and the different ways each can be used. As part of this class Crystal will create a DIY drink tumbler for summer and teach you how to make your very own (including providing you with the free SVG file!)

Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Presented by Crystal Allen from HelloCreativeFamily.com, CuttingMachineCrafting.com and Borrow Crystal’s books.

Register here.

More Resources for Makers

CreativeBug

Access thousands of high quality, on-trend arts and crafts classes. Find your next creative project in knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, food and home, papercrafting, kids activities, and more! Benefit from an unlimited number of free classes that are self-paced and designed for all skill levels, available anytime on your desktop or mobile device. 

LinkedIn Learning 

Access an on-demand library of instructional videos covering business, technology and creative skills. Get unlimited access to over 16,000 courses, taught by recognized experts and available in seven (7) languages, such as: 

  • Drawing Vector Graphics
  • Create a Comic Book
  • Maker: the new art class
  • HTML and CSS Essential Training

PressReader

You’ll find publications for all types of makers in PressReader. Read the latest digital versions of craft, hobby, and science and technology magazines from around the world including:

  • Mollie Makes
  • iCreate
  • The Shed
  • Papercraft

O’Reilly

O'Reilly provides instant access to the latest e-books and online learning content from today's major technology and business publishers. Access titles such as: 

Maker Meetups

Need some inspiration for your next project? Need advice on how to finish a work in progress? Maybe you have a completed project you’d like to share? Join us and other makers for a casual meetup where we share ideas, inspire and encourage each other, and highlight the things we make.

Makerspaces at Chinguacousy, Four Corners, and Springdale Branch Libraries. 

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