Digital Literacy Librarian and MakerSpaces Mackay Project Leader
Donna is a passionate librarian whose specialist area for Mackay Regional Council Libraries is Digital Literacy and Knowledge Sharing.
She has developed many of the Makers projects for 9-16 year olds and is experienced in delivering movie nights, zombie flash mobs and teaching information literacy to the youth of Mackay.
'I love tinker time, I love seeing young people and their ideas come to life and giving them the opportunity and access to the new technologies such as the Makerbot, it is so exciting! Maker ideas are actually traditional crafting ideas, I look forward to the futuristic craftsmanship we can develop in the library with young people and the community of Mackay.'
YOUNG residents with a love for science and technology can learn about electronics in a fun and interactive way at our regional libraries thanks to MakerSpaces Mackay.
Mayor Deirdre Comerford joined special guests from The Edge (State Library of Queensland) at Gordon White library today to officially launch the 12-month MakerSpaces Mackay program.
An initiative of Mackay Regional Council Libraries, the portable technology station will rotate between our regions five libraries over the next 12 months including Gordon White, Mackay City, Walkerton, Mirani and Sarina.
Community Development and Libraries portfolio councillor Alison Jones said Mackay Libraries were the first in Queensland to host a MakerSpace thanks to funding through the State Government.
“It’s all about having fun, experimenting and making something awesome.”
“Young people can learn about electronics, create a digital musical instrument and tryout the 3D printer.”
Aimed at 9-16 years olds MakerSpaces Mackay is set to capture and inspire young minds and bridge the gap between traditional activities such as sewing, crocheting and woodwork and new activities such as 3D printing and robotics.
Cr Jones said libraries were no longer a place just for books.
“It’s exciting to see a new generation of bright young minds visit the library and connect with technology.”
“Who knows MakerSpaces Mackay may inspire our young residents to consider a career in science and technology.”
For further information visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries.
For further information contact:
Cr Alison Jones, Community Development and Libraries
Kathleen Price, Communications & Marketing Officer
MakerSpaces Mackay will be conducting regular weekly workshops until, and hopefully beyond, mid 2014. Our aim is to provide tools, equipment and inspiration for 9 – 16 year olds in the fields of science and technology. We want them to explore ideas, fiddle with gadgets, make mistakes and make discoveries.
We need mentors! If you or anyone you know has a skills to share, espeically in science and technology, but we will consider anything a bit 'hands-on', please contact us here.
We have a steady group of young and hungry minds visiting us every week. This is to good an opportunity to waste, so hope to see you there!