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​MACH1 Programs

​What are you working on?​

MACH1, on the fourth floor of Burton Barr Central Library​, offers a variety of programs for makers, artists, crafters and hackers.
MACH1 is open from 11-4 on Mondays and Fridays and 11-8 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Stop by with your own project or come to a program and learn something new!

​Meetups

Join us for Homeschool Meetup! Have funworking with other homeschoolers of all ages. Share lesson plans and activities.  Mondays 11-1.

Javascript Meetup

Join us for mentorship, code reviews, discussion of best practice, and whatever coding or software questions are on your mind. Teens and adults​. First Wednesdays 7-9. Teens and Adults.

Blender 3D Workshop

Learn how to use Blender, a powerful 3D creation suite used for animation, engineering, game design, and printing. Registration suggested. You are welcome to bring your own laptop with Blender downloaded. Second and Third Wednesdays 6-8. Ages 8+

Chess Meetup​​​

Join us for mentorship, move reviews, discussion of best practice, and whatever chess questions are on your mind. Mondays 2-4. Teens and adults.


Continuing Programs

 

What is Arduino? What do Squishy Circuits do? How does electricity flow? You can experiment with these and more in Hacker Haven. Use our 3D printer, code a shield-bot and give LEGO Mindstorms a try!  Hacker Haven a free-flow, try-it-out tech-fest each week. If you are working on some amazing tech, bring it in to share! All ages, including families with young children are welcome.

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Challenge: create face-melting monuments to science, physics and nature. In the process have fun, work with new people, and develop an appreciation for science...but in a "LOL," this is "FUN" way. For engineers ages 7-18.
 
 
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Teens! Join us as we follow along with Google Makercamp and create amazing projects from reusable materials such as Altoids tins and wire hangers. You will learn to create with duct tape, how birds communicate, how to wire a simple circuit and much more! This is a program for makers ages 9-18.
 
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We will explore robotics in this fun build and code program. Participants will work with LEGO Mindstorms and LEGO WeDo kits to create working robots. For robotics enthusiasts ages 7-14.
 

This is an ongoing opportunity for girls to learn to code! Coding is an essential skill for anyone who wants to develop video games, apps, websites and more. One of the largest growing STEM job sectors in the last few years has been software engineering and you need code to do it! Sound scary? Don't worry, this code club is fun! We'll have weekly challenges, games and more as our professional software engineer volunteers give you one on one attention. Thursdays from 5:30-7:00. Ages 8-18.

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4th Sunday of each month.  Bring your own DS or borrow one of ours. Play fun games with other girls and see if you are this week's DS champion! You can also play games on our Wii or learn to design your own video game using GameStar Mechanic. For girls, 8-18 years of age, and their friends and family.

Create a Comic Club

Do you need a place to channel your inner Stan Lee? Want a safe space to draw, ink, or just to talk comics? Come on down to MACH1 for Create a Comic Club! Beginner supplies provided! Ages 9 – 14. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm​.

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Find out where science and art meet! Kids can create a craft and learn about science! We'll do some interactive learning and make things like telescopes, light refractors and more - all while talking about fun scientific concepts. For scientists ages 4-12. 


Special for June!

Special Hacker Havens: All About Arduino

Have you always wanted to learn about Arduino, but never had the chance? Visit us durin gHacker Haven on June 9th & June 23rd 6p-8p to learn all about it! All Ages.​
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3D Modeling for Beginners  

Have fun learning the basics of 3D modeling using Scratch and other fun programs! Ages 8-18. Attendance limited to the first 24 participants.​ Mondays 2-4


Architecture for Kids​ 

Have fun learning the basics of architecture! Kids will learn drafting, how to pour concrete and other awesome skills! Ages 8-15​. Thursdays 2-4.

Cyborg Summer - Introduction to FRC Robotics​ 

Learn to design, build, wire and program a robot while you gain skills for FIRST Robotics Competition and a career in engineering.
This program is for ages 12-16. Limited to the first 24 participants. Tuesdays 6-7 &​ Thursdays 4-6.

Space Academy - Mars Edition 

Join us for Space Academy - Mars Edition! We'll talk about how scientists are planning the first Mars Colony, what that might look like, what differs between Mars and Earth and how those colonists will survive! We'll even be planning our own trip to Mars and our own Mars colonies! Five days of space, science, friendship and fun! This is a FIVE DAY academy for kids ages 8-12, registration required!​ Monday through Friday 10a-12p June 15th - 19th.


F​eatured Programs for June & July

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ART HAVEN! Families can explore their inner artists by creating take home masterpiees!
All Ages.​ 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6-8pm.
 

Think sewing is hard? We'll show you how easy it can be! You can make all kinds of nifty things with a needle and thread including plushie Minecraft Creepers, costumes, handbags and more! We do a new project each month that is fun for the whole family! Due to popular demand, we'll be doing this program on the 2nd AND 4th Tuesdays from 4-6. All ages.

 

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​​Just For Adults (and older teens)

Science Cafe 
Join us on2nd Thursdays at 7p as we talk with experts and scientists about a variety of topics! In June the Drones are coming! We'll hear all about how drones are helping us in new ways. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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Let's Sew @ Central ​

Enjoy sewing or want to learn some basics? Whether you are new or have years of experience, come meet with others as you work on your personal project. “Let’s Sew @ Central” is on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of June and July at 10am​. Please bring your sewing machine and supplies. A limited number of machines and other supplies will be available​.


Let's Face it! Drawing Caricatures 

A hands on introduction to basic portrait and caricature drawing principles using pen on paper. All ages. 1st Wednesdays at 10am.

Visionboarding Your Success

Come join us for a day of creativity and fun, envisioning your goals, your future self, and your success through vision boards! Studies have shown that writing down your goals can yield BIG results and what better way to do that than with a little imagination and a lot of glue.​ Sunday, July 12th 1:30-3:30.

Create (and take home) an Andy Warhol-style picture by using a computer photo editing program. July 17th 10am.