Creators, innovators, techies, and artisans will all come together in one place on one day when Wilton Library holds its first Innovation Day on Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. Celebrating the STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), the event will feature more than 25 presentations, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions throughout the library with the sole purpose of sharing ingenuity, “outside the box” thinking, and do-it-yourself motivation and inspiration.
The event couldn’t have been scheduled at a better time. The library’s Innovation Station maker space, the driving force behind the day, just received the Connecticut Library Association’s (CLA) 2015 Award of Excellence in Public Library Service. This annual award honors a public library that has provided an outstanding program or service to its community.
Wilton Library’s technology coordinators promise an engaging, fun and busy day for all ages.
“We have been excited about this day since the inception of our Innovation Station last year. We’ve held classes introducing people to 3D printing, die cutting, soldering, electronic sewing, and so much more. Now it is time for the innovators to show us what they can do,”says Susan Lauricella, head of teen services and maker space coordinator.
Makers from around the region will demonstrate and various exhibits will show a wide variety of interests; attendees will be able to see the Fairfield County Makers Guild, jet engine turbines designed by a student, new open source robotics, a post-disaster balloon that can visually document disaster-affected areas, and the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club.
Attendees will be able to do hands-on activities as well. “For the kid in all of us, we have a balloon animal workshop, a tech sandbox, soldering stations, 3D Doodler, die cutting and so much more. Speaking of kids, the library’s teen Robotics Team will be demonstrating their robot and our Young Makers Club members will be sharing what they’ve created,” Lauricella adds. Printmaking, cupcake decorating, quilling, kokedama, portrait painting, quilting and embroidery also will be demonstrated.
Innovation Day is free of charge. The Pizza Truck will be outside selling whole pies and slices and Phil & Tom Ice will be there from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..
The event is sponsored by Bankwell in Wilton and MakerBot™, a 3D printer manufacturer.