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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!


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

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 p.m.. 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 p.m. Ages 8+

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 5-7 p.m. 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 – 6 p.m..

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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. 


​Hacker City

MACH 1's inaugural "Hacker City" was the result of an idea sparked by two Phoenix Public Library teen volunteers. Organizing and planning the whole event, these two high schoolers worked with other community organizations and partners in identifying the overall mission, designing sessions, securing donated computers, recruiting speakers and promoting the day-long event.





Examples of sessions included:

  • Cyber security – state of cyber security, types of attacks, along with the methods that organizations use to prevent them.
  • Building and identifying computer components – led by our two teen volunteers.
  • Open Source Data – focus on programming and how to work with large sets of data using the City of Phoenix open source data.
  • Building and configuring a network
  • Choosing the right operating system 


July 2015's "Hacker City" was attended by 17 with a lot of interest generated by the community, partners, and parents which is launching an effort to make this a regularly scheduled program.