By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPL and Norcross High School team up for MakerCamp

Norcross - Coming in June, the Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with Norcross High School, will host the first “MakerCamp” for Gwinnett students. MakerCamp introduces students to practical -- and fun -- hands on learning through the use of computer-aided design software and a MakerBot 3D printer.

Students will learn about the history and function of 3D printing.  They will begin by exploring 3D projects that are available online and then move to designing and printing their own projects.  The camp will take place June 9 through June 12 at the Peachtree Corners Branch. A public reception will be held on June 23 where MakerCamp participants will unveil their newly printed creations. 3d printing 190

3D Printing has become a powerful tool for teachers and students.  3D printers foster exploration in a variety of subjects -- science, technology, engineering, art and math -- by allowing students to have a hands-on learning experience.  Designs are created on a basic computer with browser-based design software. GCPL’s 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2 uses PLA plastic made of corn starch to lay down thin layers to form three dimensional objects.

To learn more about 3D printing and the library’s printer, visit: http://lib.gwinnettpl.org/makerbot Teens interested in participating in MakerCamp can sign up on the library’s website beginning May 1, 2014: www.gwinnettpl.org . Space is limited. To learn more about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services, please visit online, find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, or call 770.978.5154