We’re very excited to announce that the Newton Free
Library has purchased a
3D printer! 3D printing
is a process for
making a physical
object from a three-
model by laying
down successive, thin
layers of material. It's
also called additive
manufacturing. There are many kinds of printers out
there that handle materials from ceramic to plastic to
powdered titanium. The Newton Free Library now has a
MakerBot Replicator 2X that can print in plastic.
What is STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,
Mathematics. Educationally this maps onto the STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
initiative from the U. S. Department of Education and
the National Science Foundation. We like to add an “A”
too for Art, making it STEAM! 3D printing is a
multidisciplinary technology that integrates all five.
When can you participate?
Every month we’ll have a STEAM theme and be running
programs for all ages. March is National Craft Month, so
that’s when be kicking off our year of STEAM
programming. Our two-month long kick-off will be
celebrated with a Creator Faire on Saturday, April 26.
Why do STEAM programming?
We want you to learn about the latest technologies
first-hand and develop your skills in designing, making,
tinkering, and more! Our goal is to make new
technologies more accessible to everyone and to
provide innovative programming that’s all about
experimentation and hands-on learning.
Who is Kevin?
Kevin Osborn, will be our Maker-in-Residence this year.
A long-time engineer, Kevin has a
passion for making things and
teaching people to create things
they may never have dreamed
of. He has had his hands in
everything from video games, to
printer guts and Enterprise software.
Check out his blog: http://baldwisdom.com
MARCH : 3D Printing Month
What is 3D Printing Anyway?
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 pm ▪ Druker Auditorium
An interactive demonstration and lecture on the
revolutionary technology of 3D printing. Learn
about the Library's new MakerBot 3D printer and
have the opportunity to see some 3D printers in
3D Design workshop with Kevin (for kids)
Wednesday, March 19, 2:00 pm ▪ Druker Auditorium
Online registration is required and begins March 4th.
Learn how 3D printers work by making things
yourself! A fun interactive activity for kids in grades
K-5. (Adults are requested to remain with kids
under the age of 8.) Learn about the Library's new
Makerbot 3D printer, and walk away with your own
Making things in 3D: Design to Print (for teens)
Thursday, March 20, 4:00 pm ▪ ITTC
We’ll be designing 3D objects using free computer-
aided design software and then printing them on the
Newton Free Library’s new 3D printer.
3D Printing: How It’s Used at Olin College
Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 pm ▪ Druker Auditorium
Learn how Olin College makes use of their 3D
printer; they have begun to integrate 3D printing into
their curriculum and research. Find out what they are
up to at this exciting program.