Ipswich Central is steaming into the digital age with the launch of a new purpose-built tech zone that is sure to get your geek on. The STEAM Powered Makerspace gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with cutting edge digital technology. It’s a far cry from the stuffy silence that used to be synonymous with libraries, as you’ll see in this video.
Designed with a focus on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and maths – the digital zone includes a virtual reality room, augmented reality sandbox, collaborative jigsaw and children’s gadget bar.
The international Makerspace movement brings people together to use technology in hands-on displays of exploration, innovation and education. The areas are community-focused and offer outlets for creation and collaboration rather than consumption.
Here’s a look at five of the library’s latest Makerspace offerings:
Virtual Reality Green Room
Fire, electricity and paint come to life in this 3D environment where the entire room is a blank canvas. A mixed reality live stream of the VR experience lets people watch the user create floating art.
Augmented Reality Sandbox
Make mountains, oceans and islands in an upright sandbox while a real-time graphics overlay reacts to the landscape. Add dinosaurs to the mix or make it rain, reducing the land mass and creating new areas of exploration.
3D Printing Station
Bring virtual creations into the real world with one of the library’s 3D printers. This is a perfect way to build product prototypes or make figurines and toys.
Live Streaming Community Collaborative Jigsaw
Work on a 1,000 piece puzzle as the action is live-streamed on screens throughout the library. Participants receive before and after images via email to track progress and a web-stream of the puzzle is featured on the library website.
Augmented Reality Playbench for Kids
Children can colour-in special play-sheets and watch artwork come to life using the playbench tablets and apps.