Makerpalooza 2020

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Agenda ( Now with Recordings and Class Resources)

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9:15 Break Out Session 1 - LED Crafting
What you will need:

  • Card Stock Paper
  • Scissors
  • Cooper Tape
  • Lithium 3V Battery – CR2032
  • LED Light
  • Markers/Colored Pencils
  • Ruler (optional)

Slides from today’s session

Attendee Creations

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9:15 Break Out Session 1 - Scratch
Create your own Scratch Game by going to:
Presenter Brian Pichman, Evolve Project

10:00 Keynote: Emerging Trends in a COVID World, Speaker Brian Pichman

Speaker Brian Pichman:
Brian Pichman is a technology enthusiast, sharing his thoughts and ideas to libraries so they can become more interactive, innovative, collaborative, and engaging He is a web developer with experience designing websites. Brian started a collaborative platform called the Evolve Project which aims to change the way people see libraries by introducing new technology and concepts for libraries. Libraries need to re-position themselves as community anchors in order to succeed in today’s culture.

11:00 Kodu (Microsoft Visual Programming Language / Game Design), Speaker Nick Tanzi

Learn how to make a video game! During this session, attendees can build-along with Nick or help Nick build a video game using the open-source Kodu.   

Download Kodu 

Nick Tanzi: 
Nick Tanzi has been incorporating emerging technologies into the library as a children’s librarian, the founding member of a digital services department, and most recently, as the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. During this time, he has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from social media marketing to 3D printing. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections Through Training and Outreach (2016), and Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020). He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries Magazine. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association and currently serves as President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.


1:15 Break Out Session 2: Fleece Hats

Make your own hat for the winter! This is a no-sew activity.

Supplies Needed:

  • ¼ yard of fleece
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tape (masking and scotch tape if possible, but any kind will do)
  • A ruler (fabric and regular if possible, but just a standard ruler will be fine)

PowerPoint Slides (Instructions)
Original Craft Idea – Team Colors by Carrie

Hats made during the session

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1:15 Break Out Session 2: BitsBox

Make a mobile app all your own!

Access BitsBox at: to create your own app.


Attendee Creations: 

2:00 Virtual Reality in Spatial, Speaker Chad Mairn

Chad Mairn – Virtual Reality Spatial 

Using Spatial, attendees can join Chad Mairn in virtual reality through their desktop or virtual reality headset and learn how we can use extended reality to help users and collaborate. 

Links to Use: – Create and an account to interact on your desktop. You can also install it to use in your virtual reality headset!

Chad’s Spatial Room Link:

Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.  Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.

3:00 Speaker Discussion: Tech in Our Current World

Bring your questions or just listen in, as Chad Mairn, Brian Pichman, and Nick Tanzi discuss how we can use technology in our current world, and offer solutions and inventive ideas. Diana Silveira will moderate this casual discussion.