Library Makerspace - MCAS Miramar
What is a Makerspace?
Makerspaces are unstructured fabrication labs outfitted with design software and state-of-the-art tools, appealing to a diverse spectrum of interests. Miramar’s Makerspace provides an educationally enriched, collaborative inspired environment, encouraging multidisciplinary innovation and prototyping of ideas through hands-on creativity.
Miramar Station Library is the first across all installations to create a dedicated, unstructured design space with the intent to nurture unfulfilled potential, explore emerging technologies, and encourage entrepreneurial, scientific, and engineering hands-on learning. This state-of-the-art design space cultivates communication and advancement of ideas between diverse groups and disciplines where creations are brought to life. Our goal is to transform drawing board ideas into actual working models.
Why create a Makerspace in the Library?
Both the library and the Makerspace work collectively to provide free resources and open access to tools and technology, bridging the gap between users and projects. The Makerspace provides a hands-on approach to learning where users develop new skills through experimentation, research, and the process of making. By bringing people together from diverse disciplines, new perspectives as well as innovative solutions evolve.
As an open, active, democratic space, Miramar Station Library provides an inclusive, learning environment where people make something personally meaningful to themselves. Seating and workspaces are flexible, mobile, and inviting.
• We strive to bring broader audiences together to hone skills and bring ideas to life.
• We realize there is educational value in play or tinkering.
• We recognize the benefits of attracting people from multidisciplinary backgrounds.
• We want users to express their creativity by prototyping ideas alongside other users.
• We hope new collaborations are forged, resulting in the creation of physical goods or answers.
Makerspace @ the MCAS Miramar Station Library
The MCAS Miramar Station Library invites all active-duty members, reservists, retirees [USMC, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard], civilian employees [GS, NAF, CTR] and dependents to Miramar Station Library’s Makerspace.
Cultivate creativity and innovation in art, music, literature, and technology. Support potential advancements in aspects of the Marine Corps and Marine Air-Ground Task Force Readiness.
The Library is dedicated to the US Marine Corps by challenging and developing our patrons’ creativity and problem-solving skills while highlighting the value of collaboration and experimentation. Experience a new way of learning in the library with cutting edge technology, including 3D printers, laser etching, vinyl cutting, STEAM activities, virtual reality, computers and traditional crafts.
GENERAL MAKERSPACE GUIDELINES
WHO: MCAS Miramar Station Library eligible patrons
WHEN: Mondays – Thursdays: 0700 – 1915 / Fridays: 0700 – 1745 / Saturdays and Holidays: 0800 – 1345 / Sundays and certain Holidays: Closed
***Please note that the room will be closed and reserved for programs. Please refer to our monthly calendar.
WHERE: Makerspace room in the Library @ The HUB
WHAT: Enjoy learning and creating with a variety of equipment and tools such as our 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, sewing machine, computers, virtual reality, STEAM activities, traditional crafts and more.
HOW: (1) If you are not a library account holder yet, please register with the Library Staff at the Circulation Desk. (2) Next, if it’s your first time, fill and sign the “Makerspace Usage Agreement and Waiver Form” on the iPad. (3) Let the staff know which Makerspace item/equipment you would like to use and we will guide you accordingly.
- Use of equipment and services, especially 3D printing and laser etching, take time. Please contact us to set-up a schedule in order to complete your projects in a timely manner (PH: 858-307-8358 | email@example.com).
- Patrons are encouraged to bring their own materials especially if they wish to use the 3D printers, laser etcher, vinyl cutters, sewing and embroidery machines. Example of said materials include PLA 3D printer filament, wood items within 20 x 12 x 1.5 inches, adhesive and heat transfer vinyl, fabric, sewing and embroidery threads and more.
- All Makerspace items are to remain inside the Makerspace room.
- Let’s help each other keep the Makerspace room clean and orderly.
- Please handle all Makerspace items with care.
- Maintain professional behavior at all times.
- Children 9 and below must be supervised.
- For ages 17 and below, certain items/equipment require parent and/or staff supervision.
- In case of incidents relating but not limited to injury, loss or damage, please inform the Library Staff immediately.
- When in doubt, ask your friendly Library Staff.
PROGRAMS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
Kids’ Makerspace STEAM challenges and activities for kids 1600 – 1700 | 1st Thursday of the month
Open Makerspace Open play time with our STEAM kits and activities 1600 – 1700 | 2nd to 5th Thursday of the month
Children’s Program: 3D Demo Children’s Story Time and Craft with a 3D Demo 1600 – 1700 | 5th Thursday of the month or during special occasions
Introduction to 3D Printing Class A class that provides fundamental knowledge about 3D printing 1300 – 1430 | 4th Thursday of the month
National Week of Making Activities and programs in line with the vision of the Nation of Makers 2nd week of June
Special Demos and Programs Contact us to schedule a special demo and tour of the Makerspace in order to find out more about what you can create and achieve here!
*Please note that program schedules may change with prior notice during the Summer months and special occasions.
AVAILABLE AT THE MAKERSPACE ROOM
Equipment and Tools
- 3D Printers
- Virtual Reality
- Laser Etcher (Currently unavailable)
- Vinyl Cutters
- Sewing Machine
- Embroidery Machine
- Surface Studio
- Surface Hub
- iPad Air
- Macbook Pro
- 3D Pens
- Graphing Calculators
- Digital Calipers
- Raspberry Pi & Monitor
- Fuel3D Handheld Scanner
- Soldering Kit
- Snap Circuits
- Extraordinaire’s Design Studio Deluxe
- Modular Robotics Cubelets
- Mindware Q-BA-Maze 2
- Laser Maze Logic Game
- Gravity Maze
- SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Lab Pack
- Melissa and Doug Suspend
- Compose Yourself Music Card Game
- Sam’s STEAM Kit
- Kid K’NEX
- Rigamajig Junior Kit
- KEVA Planks
- Circuit Cubes Kit
- Dot and Dash Wonder Pack
- Sphero SPRK+ Robot
- LEGO: EV3 Core, Mindstorms, WeDo
*Please note that the availability of the items above may vary due to programs or maintenance.