By now, you may have heard phrases like the Maker Movement, STEM learning, and 3-D printer technology. The world at large is using these terms in their daily lives, and so does Rapid City Public Library. While not a new service, our CHAOS Makerspace is evolving and offering more activities to equip our community in these skill sets.

If you’re new to the maker movement (an idea of celebrating the DIY creations and the people who make them), or makerspaces in general, our CHAOS Makerspace is here to help. The library’s makerspace is available during regular library hours. Stop by and use the tools and resources we have and make your ideas come to life.

One of the most popular resources in our makerspace is the 3-D printer, and we have five for the community’s use. Some people stop by just to see one in action. Others find designs online and print their own. Still,others want to learn how to make their own original creations. Each month, people can come in and learn how to create a simple object like a nametag or bookmark using the Tinkercad 3-D modeling software. When you participate in our drop-in program, your 3-D print is free.

Beyond 3-D printing, we believe in supporting kids in our community with STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). Having STEAM and coding experience is a crucial skill set needed as we move into the technology-driven future. Kids and teens can stop by on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn how to code video games and apps or tinker with and program robots to make them move and interact with other objects. Join us downtown on Feb. 3 and 10, and we’ll be at our partner location in General Beadle Elementary on Feb. 17 and 24.

If you have young kids at home, our monthly CHAOS Mini Makers is a new program that lets little hands explore the world around them by letting them dream, build and play. (Adults are encouraged to play too.) This event happens once a month, Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with the next scheduled for Feb. 7.

These are just a few of the events we offer in our CHAOS Makerspace, and you can see what else we have scheduled by visiting www.rapidcitylibrary.org and checking out our events and classes calendar. Stay tuned, because as we move into summer, we will be bringing back the popular CAMP CHAOS day camps where we dive into projects that teach participants about coding, circuits, movie making and more. This year, we will be adding camps for adults to get in on the fun, too.

If you have ideas for events you would like to see in the CHAOS Makerspace, we’re open to your suggestions. Whether you join us for an event or just stop by to make something, everyone is welcome to create CHAOS at Rapid City Public Library.

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